Jo Ann Bain and oldest daughter dead; suspect’s wife and mother charged

A massive manhunt is underway for 35-year-old Adam Mayes who is suspected of kidnapping Jo Ann Bain and her three daughters. The bodies of 14-year-old Adrienne Bain (center with Mayes) and her mother Jo Ann were found in a shallow grave behind Mayes' house. His wife, Teresa (left) and his mother, Mary Frances (right) have since been arrested and charged as accessories in the kidnapping. Alexandria (far right with Mayes) and her sister, Kyliyah are still missing.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – While the FBI continues their search for kidnapping suspect 35-year-old Adam Mayes, autopsy results have positively identified the two bodies found behind his parents’ Mississippi residence as that of 31-year-old Jo Ann Bain and her daughter, 14-year-old Adrienne Bain.

Hardeman County, Tenn. officials said that on April 27, Mayes was reportedly seen digging in the backyard of his parents’ residence on Highway 9 in Guntown, and an FBI spokesman said an FBI Recovery team began excavation on the site. The bodies were discovered late Friday night in a shallow grave behind the house.

Mayes’ and his wife also live at the Highway 9 residence.

FBI official, Deborah Madden, said they are not releasing how Jo Ann and Adrienne died or what if any kind of physical trauma was found on the bodies. Hardeman County officials said however, that both Jo Ann and Adrienne suffered “serious bodily injury” as a result of their removal or confinement during the kidnapping.

Jo Ann’s two other daughters, 12-year-old Alexandria and 8-year-old Kyliyah are still believed to be with Bain, who unconfirmed sources said was viewed as “an uncle” to the girls and babysat for them. He is reportedly the ex-brother-in-law of Jo Ann Bain’s husband, Gary.

It was Gary Bain who first reported his family missing on April 27, the same day Mayes was seen digging in the yard.

Tuesday morning, May 8, also saw the arrest and arraignment of Mayes’ wife and mother as conspirators in the kidnapping of the Bain family.

Mayes’ wife, Teresa, was arrested in Tennessee and charged with four counts of aggravated kidnapping.

Her bond has been set at $500,000.

Investigators said Teresa admitted to a family member last week she knew about the killings, but may have been too afraid to come forward.

Teresa allegedly told investigators in Tennessee that she assisted in the kidnapping and confinement of Jo Ann Bain and her three daughers and that she drove them from Hardeman County, Tenn. to Union County, Miss.

Mayes’ mother, Mary Frances Mayes, also arrested in Tennessee, has been charged with four counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated kidnapping.

Police records show that Mary Frances Mayes admitted that she also assisted with the kidnapping, but to a lesser degree.

Her bond was set at $300,000.

Adam Mayes, who federal officials believe may have altered his appearance, as well as that of his victims, may be using the aliases Christopher Zachery Wylde or Paco Rodrigass.

He is considered armed and dangerous and his victims are believed to be in extreme danger.

Anyone with information that may lead to his location and/or the missing victims should immediately contact the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-TBI-FIND (1-800-824-3463).

A reward of $50,000 is being offered for that information.

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