A Tennessee medical examiner identified two bodies Monday as those of
Jo Ann Bain and her eldest daughter, Adrienne, 14, who are believed to
have been abducted from their home in Whiteville, Tenn. on April 27.
Bain, 12, and Kyliyah Bain, 8, are believed to still be with the man
police have identified as the kidnapper, Adam Mayes. The two younger
girls are believed to still be with Mayes.
Jo Ann and Adrienne Bain's bodies were found behind Mayes' home near Guntown, Miss.
Mayes, considered "armed and extremely dangerous," is wanted in
connection with the disappearance of Jo Ann Bain and her three
daughters, who were abducted in Tennessee and last seen in Mississippi.
Monday, state troopers stopped vehicles at roadblocks and officers
searched the yard of a home in northern Mississippi, seeking to unravel
the mysterious disappearance of a Tennessee mother and her three
daughters and find the family friend accused of abducting them.
state troopers who were stopping vehicles and searching their trunks
along State Route 30 near Guntown said they were conducting a manhunt
for 35-year-old Adam Mayes. He's being sought in the April 27
disappearance of Jo Ann Bain and her daughters: 14-year-old Adrienne,
12-year-old Alexandria and 8-year-old Kyliyah.
Officers also searched the yard of a home near Guntown that's been linked to Mayes.
Mayes was last seen a week ago in Guntown, about 80 miles south of the Bain family's home in Whiteville, Tenn.
warrants have been issued for Mayes. The Mississippi Department of
Public Safety said Saturday it believed "the children may be in extreme
Jo Ann Bain and her daughters were last seen at their
home outside Whiteville. Before they disappeared, the Bains had been
preparing to move to Arizona.
The mother's Facebook page shows
that in the days before the four disappeared she was packing and working
on homework. Her last post, dated April 26, said "a good venting always
makes you feel better." It didn't say why she was venting.
of ties connects Mayes to the missing woman and her family. They were
all known around Whiteville, a town of about 4,500 people 60 miles east
of Memphis. Mayes was a longtime friend of Bain's husband and had been
at their home the evening before they disappeared, police said.
Both Gary Bain and Mayes were once married to sisters, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Kristin Helm said.
had stayed over at the Bains' house to help the family pack and load up
a U-Haul to drive across the country to Arizona, Helm said. Gary Bain,
who was at the house that night, awoke to find his wife, daughters and
He couldn't reach his wife on her cell phone that day, and reported them missing when the girls didn't get off the school bus.
authorities say Mayes is likely to be armed and extremely dangerous,
acquaintances describe him as friendly, helpful and like an uncle to the
Gerald Long, 60, of Jackson, Tenn., said he last saw Mayes
about two years ago. He said Mayes lived across the street from him for
about a year with his wife, Teresa. He described Mayes as a "sociable
He was helpful, Long said. "He didn't seem violent or anything."
As for his relationship with his wife, Long said "they were always up and down about things." Long would not elaborate.
The neighbor said he thought Mayes and his wife are no longer together.
Jo Ann Bain's aunt said she was waiting Monday for authorities to tell her that her niece and the girls are safe.
"I pray for Jo Ann and the girls to be OK and for them to come home," said Beverly Goodman, who works at Whiteville City Hall.
She said that her niece was not the type of woman to run off with someone.
expressed frustration that the authorities didn't issue an Amber Alert
sooner. "What would it have hurt to put an Amber Alert out?" Goodman
said. "They might have saved a couple of lives."
"Jo Ann and the
kids, everyone loves them. We're just hoping to hear that they're safe,"
said Linda Kirkland, a family friend and cook at the Country Cafe in
Kirkland said the woman and her daughters were moving to Arizona because two of the girls had asthma.
spokesman Joel Siskovic said authorities talked to Mayes early on in
the investigation, but he fled when they tried to contact him again.
had said over the weekend that Mayes could be in Mississippi but that
he has ties to Arizona, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina and
Authorities said Adrienne has brown hair and eyes. She's 5
feet 4 inches tall and 129 pounds. Alexandria has brown hair and hazel
eyes and is 5 feet tall and 105 pounds. Kyliyah has blond hair and brown
eyes and is 4 feet tall and 57 pounds.
Mayes has brown hair and blue eyes and is 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 175 pounds.
Authorities said Mayes may have cut his hair, as well as cut and dyed the girls' hair to disguise their identities.
reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the apprehension of
Mayes and location of the victims. Contact the Tennessee Bureau of
Investigation at 1-800-824-3463.