Update: Round Rock Police just released the name of the woman whose body was discovered in a duplex Sunday. Police have identified her as Tonya Bates.
Police also disclosed why they were at Bates home two days prior. They said Bates co-worker and boyfriend had asked them to check on her but when they went to the duplex they found nothing suspicious.
They finally entered the home Sunday, and that's when they discovered Bates body and realized her two children 14-year-old Lili Griffith and 7-year-old Lulu-Bandera Magret were missing said police.
Police said 44-year-old Terry Allen Miles who they identified as Bates roommate is considered a person of interest in the case.
Police said he was last spotted in northern New Mexico or Southern Colorado.
In the press conference held Monday evening Round Rock Chief Allen Banks addressed the safety of the two missing girls.
“Well at this point right now our whole focus is to get these girls home safe. We do not know and we believe they are with Terry Allen Miles unwillingly and so that is why we are asking the public for their help in trying to locate these girls and get them home immediately,” said Banks.
A single Round Rock police patrol unit was parked, Monday, in front of a duplex on Leslie Court. On the other side of the crime scene tape, James Reid and his family live next door.
He said their cul-de-sac looked much different Sunday when he came home from work.
"It was like CSI, if you've ever seen that show, it was just police everywhere, some had all white suits on, I guess not to make foot prints in the house or something like that,” said Reid.
A woman's body was found inside the duplex - after police had responded to a check welfare call. A spokesman with round rock police declined to disclose who made the request for officers to go to the house. But Reid told FOX 7, two days’ earlier police were at the home trying to gain entry and asking questions about his neighbors.
"They didn't even know the man was living there, they just knew of a woman and kids, they asked me about her and the kids, and I didn't know too much, but when I told them there was a man living there with them, I guess that’s when they kind of having more police come in and having a look around to see if they could find anything,” said Reid.
Reid said an official with the rental company also came to their duplex several days before the police. He was asked if he knew anything about a reported domestic disturbance. Reid said his neighbors looked like a typical family; a husband, wife and two daughters. The man, according to Reid claimed he and his wife were actually caring for a niece and a girl who they adopted. He said they kept to themselves, but he remembers a strange request the man once made.
"He was a little strange when I first met him, like I said, I don’t know anybody that when you first meet somebody and they try to get you to baby sit your kids, so that was kind of a no, no, to me,” said Reid.
It’s believed the man is Terry Allen Miles. The young girls are identified as 14-year-old Lili Griffith and 7-year-old Lulu-Bandera Magret. A gray sedan believed to be driven by miles may have been used to take the girls to Louisiana. with a two day head start they now could be anywhere.
Round Rock police did not immediately identify the woman who was found Sunday in the duplex. Her death is classified as suspicious and Terry Allen Miles is considered to be a person of interest. According to Reid, Miles said he had served in the military. Reid can’t remember exactly which branch but he believes it was the Navy.