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Adam Mayes Wanted By FBI For Kidnapping Jo Ann Bain, Three Daughters

AP  |  By Posted: 05/09/2012 4:19 pm Updated: 05/10/2012 9:33 am

Adam Mayes

GUNTOWN, Miss. (AP) -- A Mississippi man charged with kidnapping a Tennessee mother and her three daughters and killing two of them was added Wednesday to the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list.

The announcement came amid an intense manhunt in northeast Mississippi for 35-year-old Adam Mayes and two girls he is accused of abducting.

The girls are 12-year-old Alexandria Bain and 8-year-old Kyliyah Bain.

Federal authorities pleaded for the public's help in finding the sisters.

An affidavit filed in court Wednesday said Mayes killed their mother, Jo Ann Bain, and teenage sister, Adrienne, at the family home April 27 so he could take the two younger girls.

The bodies of the two killed were found a week later buried at the home outside Guntown where Mayes lived.

Murder charges were filed Wednesday against Mayes and his wife.

An affidavit filed in Bolivar, Tenn., says Teresa Mayes of Guntown, Miss., told authorities she was there Apwhen her husband killed Jo Ann and Adrienne Bain in a garage at their Whiteville, Tenn., home.

Teresa Mayes told officials the motive was to kidnap Bain's two younger daughters, 12-year-old Alexandria and 8-year-old Kyliyah.

A call seeking comment from Teresa Mayes' attorney wasn't immediately returned.

The wife was charged a day earlier with especially aggravated kidnapping. She said she drove her husband, the girls and the two bodies from southwest Tennessee to Guntown and saw him dig a hole in the yard.

An intense manhunt continues for Adam Mayes and the two girls. The search has been most intense around Guntown, about 90 miles southeast of Memphis where Mayes lived with his wife and parents.

Authorities have said Mayes was a family friend who was staying with the Bains on April 27, the day the mother and children disappeared. Before he fled, he admitted to authorities that he was the last person to see Jo Ann Bain and her daughters before the disappearance, according to an affidavit filed with the court.

Hundreds of adults, teens and children came from throughout west and central Tennessee and north Mississippi for a prayer vigil Tuesday evening at Bolivar Dixie Youth Park, where the two oldest Bain girls played softball.

Many of the mourners said the kidnappings have shaken their small-town, tight-knit communities, from Corinth, Miss., to Whiteville, Tenn.

Megan Ervin said she played with Adrienne Bain on the same softball team last year. She described Adrienne as a good player who enjoyed softball.

"She was real nice but she was real shy," Ervin said.

Ervin, 16, said she and her friends have been shaken by the kidnapping and deaths.

She also said Mayes spent time at the park. He would often come see the Bain girls play, she said. Megan Ervin's mother Pam said she also saw Mayes hanging out at the park.

"It's just shocking. It could have been any of us, really, because he was always here and everybody saw him," Megan said. "He was around all these kids all the time."

When asked if she had ever spoken with Mayes, She recoiled, saying, "No."

"When I first saw him, I kind of had a bad vibe about him, so I just kind of stayed away," Ervin said. "But then I saw him here all the time and I figured he's no threat to us because he's always here. Obviously, that wasn't true."

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  • Jo Ann Bain and daughters

    Jo Ann Bain (upper left) and her three daughters were abducted in Tennessee on April 27. The bodies of Bain and her oldest daughter were found more than a week later in Mississippi behind the home of their family friend and suspected kidnapper Adam Mayes. Police and the FBI are searching for Kyliyah (lower right), 8, and Alexandria, 12.

  • Adam Mayes

    Adam Mayes is wanted in connection with the disappearance of Jo Ann Bain and her three daughters who were abducted in Tennessee and seen last in Mississippi. The bodies of Bain and her oldest daughter Adrienne, 14, were found behind Mayes' home in Mississippi.

  • Adam Mayes Found Dead

    Adam Mayes was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Thursday night.

  • Alexandria and Kyliyah Bain Rescued

    Missing girls Alexandria and Kyliyah Bain were rescued alive on Thursday night.

  • Adam Mayes' Home

    Adam Mayes' home in Alpine, Miss., where the bodies of Jo Ann Bain and her daughter, Adrienne, were found earlier this week.

  • Mary Mayes and Teresa Mayes

    Police arrested Mary Mayes (left), the mother of wanted kidnapping suspect Adam Mayes, and his wife Teresa Mayes on May 8. They're accused of charges related to the murder of Jo Ann Bain and her daughter Adrienne and the abduction of Bain's two other daughters Alexandria and Kyliyah Bain.

  • Jo Ann Bain

    Jo Ann Bain, 31, was abducted shortly before she and her family were scheduled to move from Tennessee to Arizona.

  • Alexandria Bain

  • Adrienne Bain

  • Kyliyah Bain

  • Adam Mayes

    This undated photo provided by the Hardeman County (Miss.) Sheriff's Department shows Adam Mayes. Warrants for kidnapping are being issued for Mayes, who is considered "armed and extremely dangerous," an official said in a news release May 5, 2012. Mayes 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. (AP Photo/Hardeman County (Miss) Sheriff's Department)

  • DeSoto County SWAT team members get their equipment organized at a staging area in the parking lot of East Union High School in Blue Springs, Miss. on Sunday May 6, 2012. A man-hunt involving multiple federal, state and local law enforcement agencies is active in Union County as they search for Adam Mayes. (Mike Brown/The Commercial Appeal)

  • U.S. Marshalls walk around a wooded area behind the home rented to Adam Mayes near Guntown, Miss. on Sunday May 6, 2012. Authorities believe that Mayes abducted Jo Ann Bain and her three daughters. The bodies of two people were discovered buried on the property early Saturday morning during the search for a missing Tennessee woman and her three children. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Mike Brown)

  • Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents inspect the home and garage of a woman and her three young daughters who authorities say were abducted near Whiteville, Tenn., on Sunday, May 6, 2012. The FBI has said two bodies were found at a home connected to Adam Mayes in Mississippi, but agents have released few other details. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

  • Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents inspect the home and garage of a woman and her three young daughters who authorities say were abducted near Whiteville, Tenn., on Sunday, May 6, 2012. The FBI has said two bodies were found at a home connected to Adam Mayes in Mississippi, but agents have released few other details. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

  • Six-year-old Eli Downen, left, and 5-year-old Brayden Waller write notes to a kidnapped Tennessee mother and her three daughters before a prayer vigil on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 in Bolivar, Tenn. The mother, Jo Ann Bain, and her oldest daughter were found dead in a home in Mississippi. Authorities say her two youngest daughters may still be with a man who abducted them. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)

  • Hundreds of adults, teens and children attend a prayer vigil at Bolivar Dixie Youth Park, where missing sisters, Alexandra Bain, 12, and Kyliyah Bain, 8, used to play softball in Bolivar, Tenn., Tuesday, May, 8, 2012. Mourners sang songs and bowed their heads in prayer as they held red, yellow, orange and purple balloons during the ceremony, as the hunt continued for a Mississippi man suspected of killing the sisters' mother, Jo Ann Bain, 31, and older sister, Adrienne Bain, 14, before fleeing with the two younger girls. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)

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