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Texas man who took girls charged with kidnapping, says he found mom dead

TRINIDAD, Colo. — A man identified as a person of interest in the death of a woman and abduction of her two daughters from suburban Austin, Texas, is facing charges of kidnapping after being arrested by Colorado authorities.

An affidavit in the kidnapping charge against Terry Allen Miles says he texted his mother to say he found the woman dead.

Miles was arrested in southern Colorado after a Las Animas County sheriff’s deputy spotted his vehicle in a remote area near the Sangre de Cristo Mountains on Wednesday evening.

The girls, ages 7 and 14, were recovered safely and taken to a hospital to be checked for injuries.

Miles has been wanted for questioning in the death of Tonya Bates and the abduction of her daughters since police did a welfare check Saturday and found the woman dead from blunt force trauma and the girls missing.

The FBI special agent affidavit unsealed Thursday says Miles texted his mother using one of the daughter’s cellphones to say he had “came home to something bad” and he had left with the kids. His text blamed Bates’ boyfriend.

Investigators say Miles was the roommate of Tonya Bates.

Police in Round Rock, Texas, did a welfare check on Bates Saturday at the request of her co-workers and found her dead of apparent blunt force trauma and her daughters missing.