UNION COUNTY, MS (abc24.com) - The body of Adam Mayes will be donated to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville for science.
Mayes is the man who kidnapped Alexandria and Kyliyah Bain at the end of April and murdered their older sister and mother.
This agreement was finalized right after 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6. Mayes' body is being taken from Mississippi to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville
"We're working on it tirelessly trying to get this settled," says Union County Coroner Mark Golding.
Almost a month after his suicide on May 11, Adam Mayes' body is on the move. Mayes' imprisoned wife Teresa just signed the paperwork "giving us permission to donate his body to the University of Tennessee for science."
Golding spent several weeks on the deal. "Working with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation along with her attorneys to see what Teresa wanted to do," Golding says.
Handling Mayes' remains has been problematic because Teresa is behind bars in Tennessee. She's charged with two counts of first degree murder and kidnapping the Bain family.
"That was a major issue with her being incarcerated. In the state of Mississippi the spouse is who is responsible for your remains and deciding what to do -- burial, cremation anything like that."
Mayes' other family members were next in line, but his siblings and father refused.
Without this deal, Union County would have paid hundreds for Mayes' cremation.
Golding says releasing Mayes' body to science brings a welcome conclusion to a long, drawn out process.
"It started from the time he committed suicide to right now, we're still working on it," the coroner tells abc24.com.
Golding picked up Mayes' body around 5 p.m. at the state crime lab in Jackson. He's driving it to UT Knoxville and says it will be donated to the university's forensic anthropology center for trauma investigation.