GUNTOWN, Miss. (AP) — The wife and mother of a Mississippi man suspected of killing a Tennessee woman and her teenage daughter before fleeing with her two younger girls were charged Tuesday in connection with the abduction, authorities said.
Teresa Mayes, 30, was charged with especially aggravated kidnapping and Mary Mayes, 65, was charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping. Meanwhile, the manhunt continued for Adam Mayes 35, and the two young girls — Alexandra Bain, 12, and Kyliyah Bain, 8. Adam Mayes is considered armed and dangerous.
The FBI said Tuesday authorities are hopeful the two young girls are still alive, but did not elaborate.
An attorney for Teresa Mayes, whose bond was set at $500,000, declined to comment Tuesday afternoon. Calls to the attorney assigned to Mary Mayes were not immediately returned Tuesday. Her bond was set at $300,000.
An affidavit filed in court does not hint at a possible motive for their involvement.
Teresa Mayes told investigators she drove Jo Ann Bain and her daughters from Hardeman County, where they lived, to Union County, Miss., where Adam and Teresa Mayes lived with his parents, according to the affidavit.
The bodies of Jo Ann Bain, 31, and Adrienne Bain, 14, were found last week behind the mobile home in northern Mississippi where the Mayes family lived. The affidavit provides the first clue that the victims may have been killed soon after they were abducted. It said Adam Mayes' wife and mother saw him digging a hole in the yard on April 27 or soon after.
Some items belonging to the two younger girls were found at a trailer rented by Adam Mayes in another part of Union County, the affidavit said.
On Tuesday evening, hundreds of adults, teens and children came from throughout west and central Tennessee and north Mississippi for a prayer vigil at Bolivar Dixie Youth Park, where the two oldest Bain girls played softball.
Mourners sang songs and bowed their heads in prayer as they held red, yellow, orange and purple balloons during the ceremony. Some wept during the vigil and sniffles punctuated the quiet night during a moment of silence for Jo Ann Bain and her three daughters.
Many of the mourners said the kidnappings have shaken their small-town, tight knit communities, from Corinth, Miss., to Whiteville, Tenn.
"This is something you'd expect in a big city," said June Stebbins, 54, whose granddaughters play at the park.
Authorities have said that Adam Mayes was a family friend who was staying with the Bains on April 27, the day the mother and children disappeared.
In an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Teresa Mayes' sister, Bobbi Booth, said her sister told her last week that she knew about the killings, but Booth said she thought Teresa Mayes may have been too scared to call the police.
"Teresa started to call, text and Facebook constantly on Thursday," said Booth, who gave an earlier interview to WMC-TV.
Booth told Teresa Mayes to call the police and was assured that she had, but by Saturday Booth had become suspicious about that claim and called police herself.
"I told them exactly what she had told me: Who the bodies were, where they could be dug from," Booth said.
As it turned out, investigators had begun digging in the Mayes' backyard the previous day.