(WASHINGTON) — The man suspected of kidnapping a woman and her three daughters — and then killing two of them — has been rushed to the top of the FBI’s list of its Top Ten Most Wanted fugitives.
Adam Mayes is believed to be armed and on the run from authorities with two of the girls he allegedly kidnapped on April 27.
Mayes, 35, and his wife, Teresa, 31, are both charged with first degree murder and especially aggravated kidnapping.
He takes the place on the FBI’s infamous wanted list of Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger who was captured last year.
Mayes is charged with kidnapping JoAnn Bain and her three daughters, who were family friends from Tennessee, before taking them to his home in Mississippi where he allegedly killed JoAnn and the eldest daughter, 14-year-old Adrienne.
The bodies of the mother and daughter were found earlier this week in the backyard of the home Mayes shares with his wife, Teresa, and his mother and father.
Police believe the two youngest daughters, Alexandra Bain, 12, and Kyliyah Bain, 8, are still in Mayes’ custody and may be in extreme danger. The FBI has warned that Mayes may have changed his appearance and the appearances of the two girls since they were last seen.
Police arrested Teresa Mayes and Mary Mayes, Adam’s mother, on Tuesday in connection with the kidnapping. According to the arrest warrants, Teresa Mayes helped bring the four captives from Tennessee to Mississippi on April 27, and Mayes’ wife and mother watched Adam Mayes dig holes in the backyard, where the bodies were later found by police.
Mary Mayes is charged with conspiracy to commit especially aggravated kidnapping, while Teresa is charged with committing especially aggravated kidnapping.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is offering a $6,000 reward for information leading to Adam Mayes’ whereabouts and arrest, and the FBI and U.S. Marshals Service are offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the location of the missing victims and the arrest of Mayes.
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Chuck Johnston, CNN Newswire
Ray Sanchez, CNN Newswire