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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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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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Monday
May072012

Missing Tennessee Family in 'Extreme Danger,' Police Say

ABC News(GUNTOWN, Miss.) -- Investigators searching for the missing Bain family, who vanished 10 days ago after leaving their Tennessee home, say that the mother and three children are in "extreme danger" after the discovery of two bodies in a Mississippi home where the main suspect in their disappearance was last seen.

Police who have teamed with the FBI in the investigation say that they believe 35-year-old Adam Mayes of Guntown, Miss., who appears to be a friend of 31-year-old Jo Ann Bain's family, is on the run after having kidnapped Bain and her three daughters.  Investigators believe that Bain and her girls, Adrienne, 14, Alexandria, 12, and Kyliyah, 8, have been disguised by Mayes.

"We do have information that he has altered the appearances of everybody including himself, primarily from cutting their hair," FBI spokesman Joel Siskovic said.  "The girls may have far shorter hair than the pictures out there."

FBI agents and local sheriff's deputies continued the search by helicopter on Sunday while chasing down leads on land, desperate to find the family that was last seen on April 27 leaving their home in Whiteville, Tenn., which is located between Jackson, Miss., and Memphis, Tenn.

Investigators were motivated by a gruesome discovery Saturday morning, when they found two dead bodies at a home in Mississippi.

"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, Siskovic said.

Investigators haven't revealed whose bodies they found, but the discovery led them to issue an Amber Alert in search for the Bains.

"Time is clearly at the essence," former FBI agent and ABC News consultant Brad Garrett said.  "If we have the mother who is dead and one of her daughters, law enforcement has every reason to believe that the other two daughters are definitely in jeopardy."

The FBI and U.S. Marshals Service have offered 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.

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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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Saturday
May052012

Tennessee Missing Mom And 3 Daughters May Be In 'Extreme Danger,' Police Say

Roger Weber/Thinkstock(WHITEVILLE, Miss.) -- Mississippi police have issued an Amber Alert after new details have led them to determine a missing Tennessee mother and her three daughters were abducted and could be in extreme danger.

Jo Ann Bain and her daughters Adrienne, 14; Alexandria, 12; and Kyliyah, 8; have been missing since April 27. They were last seen leaving their home in Whiteville, which is located between Jackson and Memphis, on the morning of their disappearance.

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

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.

Authorities said they will issue kidnap warrants for Mayes, who is considered armed and dangerous.

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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