Tennessee Missing Girls Found Alive: Breaking News Open ThreadPosted: May 10, 2012
Two Tennessee girls missing since their mother and sister were murdered have been found alive in Mississippi, where their suspected abductor apparently shot himself in the head, law enforcement sources said.
Adam Mayes, 35, suspected of killing the mother and sister and abducting Alexandria and Kyliyah Bain, ages 12 and 8, was treated in an ambulance at the scene of his shooting in a wooded area a few miles from his home and taken to a hospital around 7 p.m., officials said.
The girls were believed to be healthy, but were taken to a hospital for observation.
I don’t know if many of you were following this story…
This man was creeping looking, and it seems like he had mental issues as well…
There had been conflicting reports about Mayes’ fate since he was found after suffering an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound Thursday night in Union County, Mississippi.
Daniel McMullen, FBI special agent in charge in Jackson, Mississippi, told reporters that Mayes was pronounced dead.
The two surviving sisters “are suffering from the experience of being out in the woods and from being kidnapped. They are suffering from dehydration and exhaustion, but appear OK,” a federal law enforcement source on the scene told CNN.
Adams believed the two younger daughters where his children:
Adam and his wife, Teresa Mayes, each were charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of especially aggravated kidnapping. He faced an additional count of making a false report, according to arrest affidavits filed in Tennessee.
Adam Mayes’ mother-in-law told HLN’s Nancy Grace that he may have believed he was the father of the two young girls he was accused of abducting.
In affidavits, investigators said the Mayeses drove the bodies of Jo Ann and Adrienne Bain to Union County in northern Mississippi, where they were discovered Saturday in a shallow grave behind the house of Adam Mayes’ mother in Guntown, Mississippi.
Adam Mayes’ mother, Mary Frances Mayes, has been charged with four counts of conspiracy to commit especially aggravated kidnapping.
Adam Mayes was last seen May 1 in Guntown. While the search was centered around his hometown, he also has connections to Arizona, Texas, Florida and the Carolinas, the FBI said.
The FBI on Wednesday put Adam Mayes on its list of 10 most wanted fugitives. The reward for information leading to Mayes’ arrest stood at $175,000 on Thursday.
This is an open thread…