Tennessee Missing Girls Found Alive: Breaking News Open Thread

Just in, Suspected Killer Adam Mayes Shot in Head, Missing Tennessee Girls Found Alive – ABC News

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…

FBI: Fugitive dead; two sisters alive – CNN.com

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…


17 Comments on “Tennessee Missing Girls Found Alive: Breaking News Open Thread”

  1. I am so glad the two girls were found alive, but what horrors they have been through.

  2. northwestrain says:

    There is an elephant in the living room — which is the underlying story of the abductor’s mental health issues.

    Scientific American has a blog about the new mental health definitions Vol X (I think) — which will again be a farce. This time the publishers of that reference book were supposed to use a bit of science — the idea that most mental illness involves some brain chemistry issues etc.

    The blog is well worth reading — I use a android application for my Kindle fire — and as yet I’ve found no way to copy the link.

    In many ways this country hasn’t progressed very far in the understanding and treatment of mental illness — and we all suffer because of the ignorance of law enforcement and the general population. A huge percentage of the jail population are in jail because of their mental illness. Jails and Prisons are not set up to deal with the mentally ill population they are forced to house.


    I am so glad that two of the girls survived — with help and understanding they will recover and be able to live their lives. I’m hoping that they will have the counseling necessary to deal with whatever happened to them. But since they are from the stupid South bible Belt — who knows.

      • northwestrain says:

        Yes that’s one of the blogs that points some of the major problems.

        Also — there is no cross cultural reliability. Not much has changed — Cultural Anthropologists have pointed out for years that within the US regions there is very little reliability and when the comparisons are done outside of the boarders of the US — black is white and blue is red — not much matches.

        Women and minorities have been misdiagnosed for decades if not centuries.

        Again the elephant — this guy who should have been in the mental health system — or somehow tagged for abnormal behavior — doesn’t until he creates a lot of harm.

        Not all people with mental health issues are dangerous — most are self destructive.

        But we a learning that the new diagnosis tool is just more of the same BS.

      • bostonboomer says:

        The DSM V is going to be a disaster. I predict that many clinicians will have to simply ignore it.

  3. boogieman7167 says:

    some good news for once.

  4. bostonboomer says:

    Thank you for this good news, JJ. I’m worried about Teresa Mayes, because her mother says she is cognitively delayed/learning disabled. Her husband was beating her and probably forced her to do whatever she did.

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