Posted on | May 10, 2012 | 10 Comments
Alexandria Bain, 12, Kyliyah Bain, 8, are reported safe
It’s the end of the line for fugitive Adam Mayes. The two Hardeman County [Tennessee] girls that he abducted were found alive Thursday evening. 8-year-old Kyliyah and 12-year-old Alexandria Bain are alive and safe.
Mayes was found near County Road 183 in Alpine. He is reported to be dead. Sources close to Fox 13 are reporting that Mayes died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
This story was just headlined on CNN.
UPDATE: MSNBC reports more:
Adam Mayes, suspected of kidnapping Jo Ann Bain and her three daughters, has been captured and is near death, according to reports from WMCTV.com in Memphis, Tenn.
The two younger daughters, Alexandria, 12, and Kyliyah Bain, 8, were both found safe and are now with authorities, WMCTV reported.
The Union County Sheriff’s Department found Mayes with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Memphis station reported. Initial media reports say that he was found at a church near Alpine, Miss., about 45 minutes from the Tennessee border.
Mayes was charged with the first-degree murders of Jo Ann Bain, 31, and her eldest daughter, Adrienne Bain, 14, whose bodies were found buried outside Mayes’ mother’s home last week.
UPDATE II: While the initial reports said Mayes was already dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, there now seems to be some confusion. At any rate, this was a very strange crime:
Bain’s mother-in-law earlier said she believed Mayes killed the girls’ mother and her eldest daughter, and then ran away with the the two girls 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.
UPDATE III: Now Fox News reports Mayes dead:
The Mississippi man suspected of kidnapping four women in a Tennessee family and killing a mother and daughter died after shooting himself Thursday evening, a law enforcement source tells Fox News. . . .
Mayes and his wife, Teresa, are charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Jo Ann Bain, 31, and her daughter, Adrienne, 14. Their bodies were found buried outside the Mayes’ home a week after they were reported missing by Jo Ann Bain’s husband, Gary.
Mayes’ mother-in-law Josie Tate told The Associated Press that Mayes thought the missing sisters might actually be his daughters and it caused problems in his marriage to her daughter, Teresa, who is jailed in the case.
In an earlier interview, Tate’s daughter, Bobbi Booth, said Teresa Mayes suspected her husband was having an affair with Jo Ann Bain.
OK, to sort out what is a bizarre and confusing story: Mayes was married to Teresa, who suspected him of having an affair with Ann Bain. But Mayes then kidnappeed Ann Bain and three of her daughters, the youngest two of which he believed to be his own children. He killed Bain and the oldest daughter. Mayes’s wife and mother have both been charged in connection with those murders.
Search warrants were executed at the Mayes residence in Mississippi, and during the search, two bodies were found in shallow graves behind the home. The bodies were positively identified as Jo Ann and her eldest daughter, Adrienne.
Mayes’ mother, Mary, has also been arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping. Invesigators say Mayes had a plan to kidnap the two youngest girls. Cops say Jo Ann Bain and her daughter, Adrienne were killed in their home in Tennessee and then transported to Mayes’ house in Guntown, Miss.
Teresa and Mary both allegedly confessed during a police interview and said they witnessed Mayes digging holes in Mary’s backyard — where the bodies of Jo Ann and Adrienne were found. Cops say Teresa also told authorities that she was there when Adam killed Jo Ann and Adrienne in the garage of the Bain home.