(GUNTOWN, Miss.) — Investigators searching for the missing Bain family, who vanished 10 days ago after leaving their Tennessee home, say that the mother and three children are in “extreme danger” after the discovery of two bodies in a Mississippi home where the main suspect in their disappearance was last seen.
Police who have teamed with the FBI in the investigation say that they believe 35-year-old Adam Mayes of Guntown, Miss., who appears to be a friend of 31-year-old Jo Ann Bain’s family, is on the run after having kidnapped Bain and her three daughters. Investigators believe that Bain and her girls, Adrienne, 14, Alexandria, 12, and Kyliyah, 8, have been disguised by Mayes.
“We do have information that he has altered the appearances of everybody including himself, primarily from cutting their hair,” FBI spokesman Joel Siskovic said. “The girls may have far shorter hair than the pictures out there.”
FBI agents and local sheriff’s deputies continued the search by helicopter on Sunday while chasing down leads on land, desperate to find the family that was last seen on April 27 leaving their home in Whiteville, Tenn., which is located between Jackson, Miss., and Memphis, Tenn.
Investigators were motivated by a gruesome discovery Saturday morning, when they found two dead bodies at a home in Mississippi.
“Early days of the investigation led us to suspect Adam Mayes,” Siskovic said. “Other information led to a location in Mississippi where we executed federal search warrants. During the course of searching that location, two bodies were found.”
The two bodies were found in Guntown at a residence where Mayes was last seen, Siskovic said.
Investigators haven’t revealed whose bodies they found, but the discovery led them to issue an Amber Alert in search for the Bains.
“Time is clearly at the essence,” former FBI agent and ABC News consultant Brad Garrett said. “If we have the mother who is dead and one of her daughters, law enforcement has every reason to believe that the other two daughters are definitely in jeopardy.”
The FBI and U.S. Marshals Service have offered a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the whereabouts of Bain and her daughters, and the arrest of their alleged abductor.
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Chuck Johnston, CNN Newswire
Ray Sanchez, CNN Newswire