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Home  |  News  |  Bain sisters return home; Mayes dead

Bain sisters return home; Mayes dead
Friday, May 11, 2012

MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) - Adam Mayes, the accused kidnapper of Jo Ann Bain and her three daughters, has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

According to FBI special agent Daniel McMullen, Mayes shot himself as he was approached by Mississippi Wildlife Resource Officers near a church in Alpine, Mississippi.

Alexandria Bain, 12, and her sister, Kyliyah, 8, were found with Mayes and are now safe. Both girls have been released from Le Bonheur Children's Hospital and have returned to their home in Hardeman County.

Officials told Action News 5 they were treated for poison ivy and dehydration after being taken to the hospital for evaluation after their rescue Thursday night.

District Attorney General Mike Dunavant tells Action News 5 that even though their primary suspect is dead, they plan to move forward with prosecution in the case.

"We still intend to move forward with the evidence we have," Dunavant said over the phone. "In addition to anyone else who is found to have participated in these homicides and this kidnapping. We'll move forward with that evidence and we want to thank and commend the good work of all of these agencies."

Dunavant said the girls will be key witnesses in the case.

"Our focus is that they receive specialized care and treatment they need at this time," he told WMC-TV. "Later on, they will be considered material witnesses in this case, they are victims and will be treated with ultimate care, dignity and respect."

Adam Mayes' wife, Teresa, is charged with first degree murder and kidnapping for her role in the crimes.

Teresa's sister, Bobbi Booth, spoke with Action News 5 on the phone after Mayes died.

"It's frustrating that Adam took the simple way out," said Booth. She has not spoken to her sister since the arrest.

Booth said that her sister graduated with a special education degree and was easily manipulated by Mayes. She agrees that her sister should be punished for her role in the kidnapping, but hopes the courts consider the entire scenario.

Mayes' mother, Mary Frances, is also charged in connection to the kidnapping.

The girls were found with Mayes just miles from the home where their mother and sister's bodies were found.

Officers say they checked the area around the church previously, which leads them to believe Mayes had been on the run since he and the family went missing two weeks ago.

Mayes was added to the FBI's Most Wanted list Wednesday for the murder of Jo Ann Bain, and her 14-year-old daughter, Adrienne. The website changed his status to deceased shortly after he was captured.

Bain and her three daughters went missing on April 27 from their Hardeman County home. On Saturday, May 5, an AMBER Alert was issued for the three girls.

Three days after the family disappeared, Mayes was captured on a Guntown, MS, store surveillance camera. That was the last time Mayes was seen until his capture.

On May 5, police informed media they found two bodies in the backyard of Mayes' Alpine home. The bodies were later confirmed to be those of Jo Ann and Adrienne Bain.

Teresa Mayes was arrested and is charged with two counts of 1st degree murder and two counts of especially aggravated kidnapping.

His mother, Mary Frances, is charged with four counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated kidnapping.

In interviews with detectives, Teresa Mayes revealed that her husband killed Jo Ann and Adrienne Bain as part of a plan to kidnap the younger girls. She told investigators that she saw Mayes kill Jo Ann in a garage near their home.

Rumors are circulating about why Mayes would kidnap the two young girls. The FBI has yet to release a motive for the crimes.

A news conference is being held by the FBI at 1 a.m. Tune into that news conference on Action News 5.

Source: www.wistv.com/story/18291547/adam-mayes-captured-2-missing-bain-gcirls-are-safe

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