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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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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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Sunday
May062012

Two Bodies Found in Search for Missing Tennessee Mom, Three Daughters

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*UPDATE: A Hardeman County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman told ABCNews.com Sunday that the two bodies found have not yet been identified.

The FBI and United States Marshal's Service are offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the whereabouts of Bain and her daughters, and the arrest of their alleged abductor.

 

(GUNTOWN, Miss.) -- Two bodies were found Saturday in Mississippi in the search for a missing Tennessee mother and her three daughters, which investigators said led them to issue an Amber Alert for the missing family.

When they announced the Ambert Alert, Mississippi police said only that new details led them to believe Jo Ann Bain, 31, and her three daughters, Adrienne, 14; Alexandria, 12; and Kyliyah, 8; were abducted and could be in extreme danger.

An FBI spokesman said this evening that the two bodies had been found, but said they had not yet been identified.

"The Medical Examiner is taking steps to identify those bodies," said Joel Siskovic, spokesman for the FBI in Memphis. "Our focus is on finding the suspect in returning the children and their mother."

The Tenessee family was last seen on April 27 leaving their home in Whiteville, which is located between Jackson and Memphis.

Police said they had reason to believe the missing mother and her three daughters were with Adam Christopher Mayes, 35, of Guntown, Miss.

"Early days of the investigation led us to suspect Adam Mayes," Siskovic said. "Other information led to a location in Mississippi where we executed federal search warrants. During the course of searching that location, two bodies were found."

The two bodies were found in Guntown at a residence where Mayes was last seen, he said.

"The fact that these two bodies were found at this location led to Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to issue Amber Alerts that stated that we believe that the children and the mother were in extreme danger," Siskovic said.

Mayes, who was questioned by Hardeman County Police on Sunday, is believed to have cut his hair. Authorities said he may have also cut and dyed the hair of the three children to alter their appearances.

Earlier this week, investigators issued their first warrant for Mayes, charging him with filing a false report based on statements he made to investigators about the Bain family. Mayes then disappeared.

"We believe he has information on the whereabouts of this family," Hardeman County, Tenn., Sheriff John Doolan said at a news conference Wednesday.

Bain's Dodge Durango was found abandoned on a county road less than three miles from their home on Sunday.

The missing mom and her husband Gary were just days away from moving the family to Arizona when she and her children vanished.

The FBI is involved in the investigation since it crosses state lines, said Warren Strain, a spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.

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