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FBI adds fugitive in Tennessee killing-kidnap case to 10 Most Wanted List

Adam Mayes and his wife have been charged with the murder of a Tennessee woman and her eldest daughter. Two other daughters are missing but authorities say there is reason to believe they are still alive. NBC's Pete Williams reports.

Updated at 4:30 p.m. ET: The FBI on Wednesday added Adam Mayes to its Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List after he was charged in the killing of a Tennessee mother and her teen daughter and the kidnapping of her two younger children.

First-degree murder charges were filed earlier Wednesday against Mayes and his wife, Teresa, suspected of killing Tennessee mother Jo Ann Bain and her teenage daughter, Adrienne.

Authorities said at a Wednesday afternoon news conference they are doing all they can to find Adam Mayes, who is suspected of fleeing with Bain’s two younger girls, Alexandria Bain, 12, and Kyliyah Bain, 8.

While search efforts are focused on Union County, Miss., Mayes also has ties toTexas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Arizona.

“We believe Mayes could be anywhere in the United States, and we are extremely concerned for the safety of the girls,” said Aaron Ford, special agent in charge of our Memphis office. “Anyone who has any information about this case, of if you’ve seen Mayes or the girls, please contact your nearest FBI office or the local police immediately.”

A man charged with kidnapping a mother and her three daughters and killing two of them was added to the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list. NBC's Chris Clackum reports.

Mayes is also charged in federal court with unlawful flight across state lines to avoid prosecution, giving the FBI jurisdiction, Ford said.

The reward for information leading to the arrest Mayes is up to $175,000.

Teresa Mayes made an appearance Wednesday in Hardeman County, Tenn., courtroom, NBC station WMC of Memphis reported. She was earlier charged with four counts of especially aggravated kidnapping.

Hardeman County Sheriff's Office / via AP

Teresa Mayes, wife of Adam Mayes, is shown in a photo provided by the Hardeman County, Tenn., Sheriff's Office.

Adam Mayes’ mother, Mary Frances Mayes, also was charged earlier with conspiracy to commit especially aggravated kidnapping.

A police affidavit obtained by WMC reveals that Teresa watched her husband kill Jo Ann Bain in a garage adjacent to the Bains' Whiteville, Tenn., home. She also told police Adam Mayes killed Adrienne Bain at the home, the affidavit says. Police in the affidavit say she admitted to driving a vehicle with the bodies inside it to Alpine, Miss., where they were found buried in a backyard of his mother's Guntown, Miss., home.

Teresa Mayes told officials the motive was to kidnap Bain's two younger daughters.

Three days after Bain and her three daughters went missing, Adam Mayes appeared in a Guntown, Miss., convenience store surveillance videotape, his hair clipped short, officials said.

Adam Mayes, seen April 30 on convenience store video surveillance in Guntown, Miss.

Adam Mayes was captured on video buying sodas and casually chatting with County Line One Market owner Nick Barghouthi on April 30. Authorities released the video Tuesday.

"He comes in here all the time," Barghouthi told NBC affiliate WMCTV.com. "Like, once a week, at least."

Barghouti said that when he saw Mayes he was "very calm, very polite. That's why I'm surprised. Somebody that calm and polite, and does that -- that's a lot to put together."

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Mayes, 35, cut his hair and may try to alter the girls' appearance as well by cutting or dying their hair.

Suspect's wife, mother charged in slaying of Tenn. mom,  daughter

Mayes is said to have babysat for Bain's daughters, reported WMCTV.com. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation believes he is carrying a firearm and have added him to the state's "most wanted" list. A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to his arrest and information about Alexandria and Kyliyah.

Teresa Mayes' bond is set at $500,000 and Mary Frances Mayes' bond is $300,000, WMC reported.

Jo Ann Bain, 31, and her three daughters disappeared on April 27. Her husband, Gary, reported them missing, and their car was found in a field close to their Whiteville home.

Anyone with information on Adam Mayes' whereabouts was asked to call 1-800-TBI-FIND.

Mayes is the 496th person to be named to the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, the FBI said. Since its creation in 1950, 465 fugitives on the list have been apprehended or located—153 as a result of citizen cooperation.


Jo Ann Bain and her daughters, Adrienne, 14, Alexandria, 12, and Kyliyah, 8, are believed to have been abducted by a family friend, Adam Mayes. Police believe the two younger girls are still with Mayes. Jo Ann and Adrienne were found dead.

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