Arizona connection to apparent kidnapping of Tenn. woman and daughters

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Adam Mayes is suspected in the disappearance of Jo Ann Bain and her daughters Adrienne, Alexandria and Kyliyah. By Andrew Michalscheck Adam Mayes is suspected in the disappearance of Jo Ann Bain and her daughters Adrienne, Alexandria and Kyliyah. By Andrew Michalscheck
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

WHITEVILLE, Tenn. – Federal authorities are searching for the man believed to have kidnapped a Tennessee woman and her three children.

Adam Mayes, 35, is suspected in the disappearance of Jo Ann Bain and her daughters Adrienne, 14, Alexandria,12, and Kyliyah, 8. 

Bain had recently traveled to Tucson, Ariz. with her children. Bain was planning to move to Arizona hoping the climate would be better for two of her daughters who suffer from asthma. They returned to Tennessee following the death of a family member, and were last seen on April 27.

Late last week, authorities found two bodies at a Mississippi home that is linked to Mayes. Officials are waiting on a report from the state’s medical examiner’s office before they identify the bodies.

Mayes, who is described as a family friend, was last seen last Tuesday in Guntown, Miss., about 80 miles southeast of the Bains’ Tennessee home.

FBI spokesman Joel Siskovic said investigators spoke with Mayes early in the investigation, but he fled when they tried to get in contact with him again. 

Mayes is being described as armed and extremely dangerous. Authorities believe that he could be in Mississippi, although he also has ties to Arizona, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida.

The Bains’ neighbors hope that the family can be found and Mayes can be brought to justice.

“I hope they give him what he needs, whatever that might be or taking him however they have to. I don’t want him hurting any more kids or anybody,” Dale Williams said.

The FBI and U.S. Marshals Service are offering up to $50,000 for any information leading to the victims or Mayes.