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Wife, Mother Of Kidnap-Slaying Suspect Arrested

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GUNTOWN, Miss. (AP/CBS) - Police have filed kidnapping charges against the wife of a man suspected of killing a Tennessee woman and her oldest daughter and kidnapping the woman's two youngest daughters.

As an intense manhunt for Adam Mayes and the two young girls continued, his wife, Teresa Mayes, and mother, Mary Mayes, were arraigned in a Hardeman County courtroom on Tuesday. Mary Mayes was charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping.

An affidavit states that Teresa Mayes told investigators she drove the mother and daughters from Hardeman County, where they lived, to Union County, Mississippi.

Teresa Mayes' sister Bobbi Booth said Adam Mayes and his wife lived with his parents.

Booth told the AP her sister told her last week she knew about the killings, but she thinks Teresa Mayes may have been too scared to call the police.

The bodies of Jo Ann Bain and 14-year-old Adrienne Bain were found last week behind the home where the Mayes family lived.

Twelve-year-old Alexandria Bain and 8-year-old Kyliyah Bain were still missing.

Authorities have issued an Amber Alert and are calling Mayes "armed and extremely dangerous."

The family has been missing since April 27.

Mayes, a longtime friend of Bain's husband, had stayed over at the family's house to help them pack and load a U-Haul to drive across the country to Arizona, authorities said. Gary Bain, who was at the house that night, awoke to find his wife, daughters and Mayes gone.

He couldn't reach his wife on her cell phone that day, and reported them missing when the girls didn't get off the school bus.

Both Gary Bain and Mayes were once married to sisters, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Kristin Helm said.

Jo Ann Bain's Facebook page showed in the days before the four disappeared she was packing and working on homework. Her last post, dated April 26, said "a good venting always makes you feel better." It didn't say why she was venting.

Authorities talked to Mayes early on in the investigation, but he fled when they tried to contact him again, Siskovic said.

Jo Ann Bain's aunt hoped her niece and the girls were safe.

"I pray for Jo Ann and the girls to be OK and for them to come home," said Beverly Goodman, who works at Whiteville City Hall.

She said her niece was not the type of woman to run off with someone.

Goodman expressed frustration that the authorities didn't issue an amber alert sooner.

"What would it have hurt to put an Amber Alert out?" Goodman said. "They might have saved a couple of lives."

Linda Kirkland, a family friend and cook at the Country Cafe in Whiteville, said Jo Ann Bain and her daughters were moving because two of the girls had asthma.

"Jo Ann and the kids, everyone loves them. We're just hoping to hear that they're safe," she said.

Mayes was last seen a week ago in Guntown, about 80 miles south of the Bain family's home in Whiteville, Tennessee.

Mayes also has ties to Arizona, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. He may be using the aliases of Christopher Zachery Wylde or Paco Rodrigass, the FBI said.

His neighbors hope officials track him down soon.

"I don't want him hurting any more kids or hurting anybody," said one.

"This is a pretty quiet community; nothing serious has ever happened around here," said another. "So, it's a pretty rough situation."

Authorities believe Mayes has altered his appearance, and may have cut and dyed the girls' hair to help keep their identities hidden.

Mayes is charged in Tennessee with abducting all four of the Bains, but authorities are still trying to determine if Jo Ann went with him willingly.

There is a $50,000 reward for any information leading to the Bain girls and the arrest of Mayes.

(The Associated Press/CBS News.)

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