MADISONVILLE, La. -- As search crews expanded their coverage area looking for any sign of 26-year-old Melinda Denny, her boyfriend, 34-year-old Jonathon Nall, was booked in the St. Tammany Parish Jail.
Nall is facing charges of terrorizing and resisting because of a public suicide attempt in front of a Madisonville convenience store Saturday.
Nall's mother, Becky, said seeing her son act this way is “heartwrenching."
"It's heartbreaking," she said. "I don’t want this last episode of his life to define who Jon Nall was."
Nall's mother's call to deputies led to the Alabama couple being found around 1:30 a.m. Saturday. She said her son is a father of two who has had bipolar issues. Her phone conversation with him Friday night caused concern.
“He said, ‘They are coming, we have to get out of there. They're coming after us,’ basically saying they were coming to execute them," she said.
Nall’s mother doesn’t know who the ‘they’ her son was referring to.
Nall believes her son and Denny, who also has children, got involved with drugs, which likely made his condition worse. But despite authorities saying evidence was found in their car indicating possible foul play, Nall's mother doesn't think he could have done anything to harm Denny.
“Melinda's family is in our hearts and in our prayers,” she said, “As hard as it’s been for us, for them not knowing where their child is has got to be horrible.”
And Nall wants people to know the man from the standoff is not the son she knows.
"When people see him and they think he's this sorry, lowlife monster, I see him and I see my child," she said.
Nall's mother also commends the sheriff's office for their work with her son during the standoff and their efforts to find Denny now.
Those search efforts are expected to resume in the morning. They expanded their coverage area to Brewster Road, between Highways 21 and 1077, on Tuesday.