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

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*UPDATE: A Hardeman County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman told 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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