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Wife, mother of Miss. kidnap-slaying suspect arrested

Mary Francis Mayes (left) and Teresa Mayes were charged in connection with the abduction. Adam Mayes is still at large.

GUNTOWN, Miss. - The net widened Tuesday in the case of a Mississippi man suspected of killing a Tennessee woman and her teenage daughter and fleeing with her two younger girls as authorities charged his wife and mother in connection with the abduction.

As an intense manhunt for Adam Mayes and the two young girls continued, his wife, Teresa, and mother, Mary, were arraigned in a Hardeman County, Tenn., courtroom.

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Teresa Mayes, 30, was charged with especially aggravated kidnapping and Mary Mayes, 65, was charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping.

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 an affidavit filed in court.

An attorney for Teresa Mayes declined to comment Tuesday afternoon. Calls to the attorney assigned to Mary Mayes were not immediately returned.

Bond was set at $500,000 for Teresa Mayes and $300,000 for Mary Mayes.

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 says Adam Mayes’s wife and mother saw him digging a hole in the yard on April 27 or soon after.

Alexandria Bain, 12, and Kyliyah Bain, 8, were still missing, and neighbors were planning a candlelight vigil for the girls Tuesday evening.

The FBI said Tuesday authorities are hopeful the two are still alive, but did not elaborate. The affidavit said that some items belonging to the two younger girls had been found at a trailer rented by Adam Mayes in another part of Union County.

Authorities have said that Mayes, 35, was a family friend who was staying with the Bains on April 27, the day the mother and children disappeared.

In an interview Tuesday, Teresa Mayes’s 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.

Jo Ann Bain’s husband, Gary Bain, last saw his wife and daughters when he woke up briefly on April 27.

Adam Mayes and Gary Bain, who had once been married to sisters, had been planning to drive some of the family’s belongings to Arizona the next day because the family was moving to that state.

Before he fled, Adam Mayes admitted to authorities that he was the last person to see Jo Ann Bain and her daughters before the disappearance, according to the affidavit.

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