UNION COUNTY, MS (abc24.com) - Adam Mayes has committed suicide in Union County, Mississippi, and the two young sisters he's accused of kidnapping have been found alive.
Mayes was on the FBI's Top 10 Most Wanted list for the murders of 31-year-old Jo Ann Bain and her 14-year-old daughter Adrienne, and the kidnapping of 12-year-old Alexandria and 8-year-old Kyliyah Bain on April 27 in Whiteville, TN.
Mayes, 35, shot himself in the head after authorities, acting on a tip, found him and the girls near New Albany, Miss., said Guntown Police Chief Michael Hall.
Mayes later was pronounced dead at a hospital, Daniel McMullen, FBI special agent in charge of Mississippi, said at a Thursday evening news conference.
Alexandra and Kyliyah Bain were taken to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., for observation. They were treated for poison ivy and dehydration, but overall appeared to be unharmed. The girls have since been released from the hospital.
A special 31-member operations team from the Mississippi Highway Patrol and officers from the state Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks rescued the girls, McMullen said.
Aaron Ford, special agent in charge of the Memphis FBI Field Office, detailed the girls' rescue at an early Friday morning press conference.
He stated that the original tip came in to the FBI around 3 p.m. on May 10. By 5:30 p.m. the investigative team had more information to form the operations team. The 31 members split into two groups, and first encountered Alexandria Bain at 6:50 p.m. before they moved in on Adam Mayes.
Mayes and the two girls were found approximately 100 yards behind Zion Hill Baptist Church in a wooded area with a hunting blind shelter. Union County Sheriff Jimmy Edwards stated that Mayes had been on the move with the two girls, as the area where they were found had previously been searched extensively.
Even with the death of Adam Mayes, the investigation is far from over. Authorities are still working to determine who else may have assisted him with keeping the girls hidden for nearly two weeks.
The multi-agency team credits the numerous tips for the ultimate rescue of Alexandria and Kyliyah Bain. It is likely that someone will qualify for the $171,000 reward.
Adam's wife, Teresa Mayes, was also charged with two counts of first degree murder and four counts especially aggravated kidnapping for her role in the killings and abductions. The investigation has revealed that Adam Mayes strangled Jo Ann and Adrienne Bain at their Hardeman County residence then he and Teresa Mayes transported their corpses to Union County, Miss.
Their bodies were later discovered in a shallow grave behind the residence of Adam's mother, Mary Mayes. She has been charged with four counts of conspiracy to commit especially aggravated kidnapping.
Investigators have not stated a motive for the murder and kidnappings, but family members have stated that Adam Mayes thought Alexandria and Kyliyah were his daughters, and the Bain family's upcoming move to Arizona may have triggered him.
Adam's mother-in-law, Josephine Tate, said she's known him since he was young. "He was always a control freak," she told abc24.com. "When he married my daughter 12 years ago, first off we begged my daughter not to marry him because we knew how he was."
Police records also show that Adam Mayes was investigated in Tennessee for allegations of child abuse and child pornography two years ago. The Madison County Sheriff's Office in Jackson, Tenn., investigated in 2010 after a family member claimed to see Mayes nude as he shaved the legs of a nude 7-year-old girl. The case was closed after an investigator concluded that claim and an allegation Mayes had child pornography were unfounded.