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Monday
Jun042012

No One Wants Body of Adam Mayes, the FBI's Former Most Wanted

ABC News(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- The Mississippi state crime lab is trying to figure out what to do with the body of Adam Mayes, the man who allegedly murdered a mother and daughter and kidnapped the woman's two other daughters before shooting himself.

The lab has had Mayes' body since mid-May, and doesn't know what to do with it.  Mayes' family won't accept his body.  If no one takes the body after six months, it has to be returned to Union County, where he died.

According to Mississippi state law, if there are any living relatives, it is the family's responsibility to take care of the body.  But Mayes' wife and mother are behind bars in connection to the two murders and kidnappings.  Mayes' brother refuses to accept the body.

Police believe Mayes killed Jo Ann Bain and her daughter, Adrienne Bain, 14, in their home in Whiteville, Tenn., on April 27, and then fled with Bain's two other daughters, Alexandra, 12, and her sister Kyliyah, 8.

The two girls were rescued after a nearly two-week ordeal.  On May 10, Mississippi state highway troopers spotted a small blonde child peeking over a ridge, police said, which led to the girls' rescue.

Moments later, Mayes shot himself as he knelt in the grass next to the children, in what his mother-in-law called the "coward's way out."

Mayes is suspected of killing the girls' sister and mother in order to kidnap the younger girls, whom he thought were his children, relatives have said.  The girls had been living with Jo Ann and her husband, Gary Bain, and the family was planning to move to Arizona at the end of the school year.

When Adam Mayes went on the run with the girls, he was put on the FBI's Top 10 Most Wanted List.

His wife Teresa Mayes is charged with murder and especially aggravated kidnapping for her role in assisting Mayes.  She is being held in a Tennessee jail.

During the investigation, police also arrested Mayes' mother, Mary Mayes, in connection with the murder and kidnapping.

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Friday
May112012

Kidnapped Girls Had No Food or Water, Could Not Speak

ABC News(GUNTOWN, Miss.) -- A small blonde child peeking over a ridge and spotted by Mississippi state highway troopers led to the rescue of Alexandria and Kyliyah Bain, ages 12 and 8, from kidnapper Adam Mayes on Thursday night, police said in a news conference Friday.

Moments later, Mayes -- kneeling in the grass next to the children -- shot himself in what his mother-in-law called the "coward's way out."

"We saw something lying down by the wood line that caught our attention. We took another five steps, and I gazed around and saw one of the children. An officer started hollering, 'Get your hands up,'" said Master Sgt. Steve Crawford at a news conference Friday.

The highway patrol and state fish and wildlife officers were searching the wooded area for a cabin that they were told Mayes, 35, may have been hiding in with the two girls he kidnapped two weeks earlier from their home in Tennessee.

Mayes is also suspected of killing the girls' sister, Adrienne, 14, and mother, JoAnn, 37, in order to kidnap the younger girls, whom he thought were his children, relatives have said. The girls had been living with JoAnn and her husband, Gary Bain, and the family was planning to move to Arizona at the end of the school year.

As police searched for the cabin Thursday night, they caught sight of one girl and then another and, finally Mayes' head popped up.

"All three were lying face down on the ground trying to take cover," Crawford said.

The girls slowly raised their hands at the officers' command, but Mayes raised only one hand, the officer said.

"Mayes raised his hand and I could see the gun. I hollered 'gun' three times to let my team know, and then Mayes got on his knees. He never brandished the gun toward us, but at that time he took his life," Crawford said.

The girls, who had been in the forest without food or water for three days, were "eaten up with poison ivy and insect bites," another officer said. He said they were shaken and unable to speak much, but didn't cry.

"When these children get to where they can speak, and calm down, I'm sure we'll find out" more details, a police spokesman said.

The girls were brought to a hospital in Memphis, Tenn., Thursday night and released to their father after treatment.

Police have not said whether the $71,000 reward offered for Mayes' capture would be handed out to anyone, but noted that police were searching the wooded area not far from Mayes' home because of a tip received from the public.

Josie Tate, whose daughter was married to Mayes, blasted him for leaving his wife to be charged for killing the kidnapped girls' mother and older sister. Her daughter, Teresa Mayes, is charged with the killing JoAnn and Adrienne Bain on April 27 and then taking the bodies and Bain's youngest two daughters to Mississippi. Mayes then went on the run with the girls, skyrocketing to the FBI's Top 10 Most Wanted List until he was located on Thursday.

Teresa Mayes is being held in a Tennessee jail.

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Friday
May112012

Two Missing Tennessee Girls Found; Suspected Kidnapper Dead

Jo Ann Bain and her three daughters, Adrienne Bain, 14, Alexandria Bain, 12, and Kyliyah Bain, 8, were last seen leaving their Whiteville home on April 27, 2012. (ABC News)(GUNTOWN, Miss.) -- Two Tennessee girls missing since their mother and sister were murdered were rescued Thursday in Mississippi, where their suspected abductor apparently shot himself to death, an FBI official said.

"The girls were found alive and appear to be unharmed," Daniel McMullen, the FBI special agent in charge for the state of Mississippi, told reporters.  "Officers also apprehended top-10 fugitive Adam Mayes.  Preliminary reports indicate Mayes shot himself in the head and was later pronounced dead in an area hospital."

Units with the Mississippi Highway Patrol rescued Alexandria and Kyliyah Bain, ages 12 and 8, and found Mayes, the 35-year-old suspected of abducting them and killing their mother and sister, in a wooded area a few miles from his home in Union County, Miss., sources said. 

Mayes was treated in an ambulance at the scene of his shooting and taken to a hospital around 7 p.m.

Though the girls appeared to be unharmed, they were taken to a hospital as a precaution, McMullen told reporters in Guntown, Miss., the town where Mayes lived.

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Mayes' ex-mother-in-law earlier said she believed Mayes killed the girls' mother and her eldest daughter, and then ran away with the two girls because he believed the girls were his own children.

Josie Tate, the mother of Mayes' ex-wife, Teresa Mayes, told ABC News affiliate WTVC that her daughter and Mayes fought often over whether Mayes was actually the father of Jo Ann Bain's two youngest children.

Bain and her eldest daughter, Adrienne, were killed in their Tennessee home on April 27, and then taken with the two youngest daughters to Mayes' home in Mississippi, according to police affidavits. Teresa and Adam Mayes had both been charged with murder.

After the killings of Jo Ann and Adrienne Bain, the FBI put Mayes on its Top Ten Most Wanted fugitives list.

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Thursday
May102012

Tennessee Kidnap Suspect Believes Two Girls Are His Daughters

Adam Mayes, left, is shown with Adrienne, center, and Alexandria Bain. (Facebook)(CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.) -- The mother-in-law of suspected kidnapper and murderer Adam Mayes believes he killed a mother and daughter and then ran away with the woman's two youngest daughters because he believed the girls were his own children.

Josie Tate, the mother of Mayes' wife Teresa, told ABC News affiliate WTVC that her daughter and Mayes fought often over whether Mayes was actually the father of JoAnn Bain's two youngest children.

Bain and her eldest daughter, Adrienne, were killed in their Tennessee home on April 27, and then taken with the two youngest daughters to Mayes' home in Mississippi, according to police affidavits.  Teresa and Mayes have both been charged with murder, but Mayes remains at large and on the run.  The FBI has placed Mayes on its Top Ten Most Wanted fugitives list.

"The reasons they were arguing so much was because there were two little girls that he was absolutely obsessed with.  He was claiming those two children were his," Tate told WTVC.

Neighbors tell a similar story, that Mayes was a close family friend of the Bain family and told people that he was the father of the two youngest girls.

"He made us all think that was his kids," Andrea Miller, a neighbor and friend of Adam Mayes, told WTVC.

FBI officials have said they believe Bain was preparing to move her family to Arizona at the end of the school year.  The family had ties to Arizona, where the two older daughters were enrolled in school on and off between the years 2004 and 2009, according to the Tucson Citizen.

Police said at a press conference on Tuesday that the girls' father, Mark Johnson, was grieving for JoAnn, his ex-wife, and Adrienne, but hopeful about bringing the other two girls home.

"We will hunt down Adam Mayes and rescue those two little girls," said FBI Special Agent Aaron Ford at the press conference.

Police believe the two youngest daughters are still in Mayes' custody and may be in extreme danger.  The FBI has warned that Mayes may have changed his appearance and the appearances of the two girls since they were last seen.

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Wednesday
May092012

Missing Tennessee Girls Suspect Seen on Video

ABC News(GUNTOWN, Miss.) -- The man suspected of kidnapping a woman and her three daughters was spotted in surveillance video shot three days after the Tennessee family first disappeared.

In the video from the evening of April 30, the suspect, Adam Mayes, can be seen wearing a white t-shirt in the County Line One Market on Highway 348 in Guntown, Miss.  Mayes was last seen a day later, and authorities believe he may have changed his appearance and that of the two missing girls -- Alexandra Bain, 12, and Kyliyah Bain, 8.

The bodies of the two girls' mother, JoAnn, and 14-year-old sister, Adrienne, were found in the backyard of the Mayes' family home in Guntown on May 5.

The women were first reported missing on April 27 by Gary Bain, JoAnn's husband and the stepfather of the children.  During the investigation, police interviewed Mayes, who admitted he was the last person to see the four women prior to their disappearance. 

When police went back to request a second interview later in the investigation, Mayes fled, according to the police warrants obtained by ABC News.  He is considered armed and dangerous.

His wife and mother have been arrested in connection with the Bain family's disappearance, according to a Hardeman County, Miss., court clerk.  They are charged with "especially aggravated kidnapping" in connection with the kidnapping.

Details in the arrest warrants show that on April 27, Adam Mayes and his wife, Teresa Mayes, worked together to take Bain and her daughters from their home in Tennessee to Mississippi, where Adam and Teresa share a home with his parents.

Teresa and Adam's mother, Mary Mayes, both confessed to police during interviews that on April 27, they witnessed Mayes digging holes in his mother's backyard, where the two bodies were later found.

Police said they believe that Bain and her daughters were confined on the Mayes property.  At some point in their confinement JoAnn and Adrienne died and were buried on the property.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is offering a $6,000 reward for information leading to Adam Mayes' whereabouts and arrest, and the FBI and U.S. Marshals Service are offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the location of the missing victims and the arrest of Mayes.

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Tuesday
May082012

Two Women Arrested in Tenn. Family's Disappearance

ABC News(HARDEMAN COUNTY, Miss.) -- The wife and mother of a kidnapping suspect have been arrested in connection with the disappearance of a family of four from Tennessee, according to a Hardeman County, Miss., court clerk.

The wife and mother of Adam Mayes were arrested for "especially aggravated kidnapping" in connection with the kidnapping of JoAnn Bain and her three daughters, who were reported missing from their Tennessee home on April 28.

The dead bodies of JoAnn Bain and her eldest daughter, 14-year-old Adrienne Bain, were found in the backyard of the Mayes' family home in Guntown, Miss. The other two daughters and Adam Mayes have not been located.

Mayes was seen digging in his mother's backyard on April 27.

Adam Mayes and his wife, Teresa, share the home with his parents, Mary Mayes and her husband.

In the warrant for their arrests, police note that Teresa Mayes admitted to authorities that she helped Adam Mayes transport all four women from Tennessee to Mississippi, and helped confine them in their home.

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