ANGLETON — A Brazoria County family missing for almost a week has been found dead, a family member said they were told late Saturday.
Maya Rivera, 24, Rayshawn Hudson, 28, and their son, Rayshawn “Baby Ray” Jr., 5, were last seen June 10, the day before the child's birthday, police said.
The family member, Hudson's cousin Maria Kennedy, said the Texas Rangers informed them of the discovery that involved the Wharton County Sheriff’s Office. A staff member who answered the phone at Wharton’s sheriff's office declined to comment on the report.
Attempts to contact the Texas Rangers were unsuccessful late Saturday.
No other details about where and how the bodies were discovered were available.
Rangers told them DNA tests would be required to confirm the family members' identities, Kennedy said. The Rangers told the family a man found driving Rivera's car Thursday in Rosenberg, Robert Allen Satterfield, will be charged with murder, Kennedy said.
Satterfield is in custody, having been arrested Thursday on unrelated charges.
A friend of Rivera's last saw her when their children played Sunday night, Kennedy said. Rivera stayed at her friend’s house late into the evening, Kennedy said, then left to pick up her boyfriend somewhere in Clute
No one knows who Hudson was with in Clute, Kennedy said, and the family hadn't been seen since.
Discovery of the three bodies came several hours after dozens of people came together Saturday at an Angleton church to pray for their safe return.
Community members, including Mayor Jason Perez, packed into the aisles of Bible Way Outreach Church in Angleton for a prayer vigil with the missing couple's families.
Maya's mother, Frances Rivera, expressed hope for the safe return of her daughter and family. At the vigil, she said she needed to buy Maya’s favorite shampoo and conditioner and to have her phone fully charged for Baby Ray to play with so they'll be happy when they come home.
Frances said she stepped back to let law enforcement do its job. She had faith her daughter and family will be found safe, she said.
Hudson's mother, Johana Bonilla, shared that faith, saying she knows her son will say, "Momma, what you been up to?" the next time she sees him.
The family loved to ride horses together, a church member at the vigil said.
The family is tight-knit and it is uncharacteristic to go without speaking for several days, Kennedy said. When police found the car, however, Kennedy knew something definitely was wrong.
“Maya wouldn’t give up her car like that,” Kennedy said.
Frances Rivera filed missing person reports Wednesday.
The search for the family took place in multiple areas, including Rosenberg since the discovery of the car, though they had no connection there, Kennedy said.
Maya Rivera worked as a massage therapist at Dow Wellness Center. Hudson grew up in Freeport.
Baby Ray was to start kindergarten at Central Elementary in August.
The family lived together in Angleton. Anyone with information that could aid the case should contact Angleton police at 979-849-2383.