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Hundreds Hold Vigil for Bain Family

Among the hundreds who turned out Tuesday night for a vigil for the Bain family, there is hope this tragedy may soon have a happy ending.
HARDEMAN COUNTY, TN (abc24.com) - Among the hundreds who turned out Tuesday night for a vigil for the Bain family, there is hope this tragedy may soon have a happy ending.

A day after the bodies of Jo Ann Bain, and her eldest daughter, Adrienne Bain, 14, were positively identified, the community of Whiteville gathered for a vigil for Bain's other two daughters, Alexandria and Kyliyah.

All four were last seen on April 27th, at their home near Whiteville.

More than a week later, Jo Ann and Adrienne's bodies were found behind a Guntown, MS, home associated with Adam Christopher Mayes.

Mayes, who talked with investigators initially, hasn't been seen in more than a week, and now faces four counts of especially aggravated kidnapping. More charges are expected.

On Tuesday, Mayes' ex-wife and mother were charged for their roles in this. Both remained in the Hardeman County Jail on Tuesday night.

For those touched by this tragedy, the pain at times has been too hard to bear.

Kayla Murphy, one of Adrienne's best friends, remembers the last time the two talked. It was April 26th, a day before Adrienne and her family was reported missing.

"The last thing she told me was, I will see you tomorrow, and I went to sleep that night thinking I was going to see her tomorrow." Murphy said.

In her search to understand what happened, Murphy wonders if she missed any warning signs, knowing it is near impossible to think the unthinkable.

"The whole week she would just tell me she loved me, every time she saw me, and hug me all the time," Murphy said. "The way she said it, I think she knew something was happening, I think she knew something was going to happen."

The search continued on Tuesday for Mayes, and the two youngest Bain's: Alexandria and Kyliyah.

Hoping to drum up new leads, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations released surveillance video of Mayes inside a Guntown store. The video was several days after the Bain's were reported missing.

A family spokesman says the Bain family is devastated.

"As you can imagine, they are just distraught and this is, horrible for them." said Steven Stanley, Whiteville's Police Chief.

Back near Bolivar, TN hundreds shared in that pain.

Some of those who turned out at Tuesday night's vigil didn't know the Bain's, others were friendly. For Murphy, losing Adrienne is losing a best friend.

"When she smiled, she would make sad people feel better," Murphy said.

Murphy then wrote a message on a card, attached it to a balloon and joined friends in mourning the loss of two lives cut tragically short.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Mayes or the two Bain daughters is asked to call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

There is a $56,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Mayes.

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