Girls abducted from Texas found safe in southern Colorado

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LAS ANIMAS COUNTY, Colo. — Two girls abducted in Round Rock, Texas, last weekend have been found safe in southern Colorado, authorities said Wednesday.

One person is in custody, Round Rock police chief Allen Banks said.

An Amber Alert was issued in Colorado on Wednesday afternoon for the two young girls.

About 7:30 p.m., a Las Animas County sheriff’s deputy spotted the vehicle described in the Amber Alert on the west side of the county, not far from Trinidad, Banks said.

“This is a prime example of the [Amber Alert] system working. We pushed and pushed to get that information out, so we can’t thank you enough,” Banks said.

The Round Rock Police Department said 44-year-old Terry Allen Miles was seen on surveillance video at a business in Trinidad on Saturday. Police believed the girls were with him.

Texas authorities issued an Amber Alert earlier for 7-year-old Luluvioletta Mariposo Bandera-Margret and 14-year-old Lilianais Victoria Cake Griffith after they found their mother, 44-year-old Tonya Bates, dead in their home north of Austin and the girls missing on Saturday.

They believe the girls were with Miles, who was Bates’ roommate.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation canceled the Amber Alert just before 8:30 p.m.

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