Mayes to be Added to Ten Most Wanted List
(CNN) — The FBI on Wednesday will announce that Adam Mayes is being added to the agency’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list.
Authorities continued their search Wednesday for Mayes, who is suspected of kidnapping Jo Ann Bain and her three daughters in Tennessee.
The reward leading to Mayes’ capture is now up to $175,000, including a combination of state and federal agency reward money.
Mayes, 35, is believed to be armed and dangerous with Bain’s two youngest daughters, Alexandria, 12, and Kyliyah, 8.
Bain and her eldest daughter, Adrienne, 14, were found dead in a home linked to Mayes in Guntown, Mississippi.
The case has drawn at least 17 law enforcement agencies and hundreds of investigators, but an FBI special agent had no updates Wednesday morning.
The situation has not changed since the previous night, special agent Joel Siskovic said, and the agency still is not releasing any information regarding motive.
“We believe that the girls are alive and are with him, and we’re still looking to bring them home alive,” he said.
Siskovic said authorities believe Mayes remains in the Guntown area.
On Monday, police in Tennessee arrested Mayes’ ex-wife and mother in connection with the kidnappings.
Ex-wife Teresa Ann Mayes has been charged with four counts of especially aggravated kidnapping. His mother, Mary Frances Mayes, has been charged with four counts of conspiracy to commit especially aggravated kidnapping.
Teresa Mayes’ lawyer, Shana Johnson, told CNN that her client is cooperating with police but would not say whether she knows the whereabouts of Adam Mayes or the girls.
The Mayes family and the Bain family are connected through Adam Mayes’ sister Pamela, who used to be married to Jo Ann’s husband Gary Bain, the lawyer said.
Adam and Teresa Mayes were married for 11 years and lived in Guntown, she said.
Johnson said she has asked for a mental health evaluation of her client.
According to an arrest warrant, Teresa Mayes admitted driving Jo Ann Bain and her three daughters from Hardeman County to Union County, Mississippi. Bain and her daughter Adrienne suffered “serious bodily injury as a result of their removal or confinement,” according to the warrant.
Convictions carry possible sentences of 15 to 60 years in prison under Tennessee law. Bond has been set at $500,000 for Teresa Mayes and $300,000 for Mary Frances Mayes, deputy clerk Rhonda Sipes said. Both women are slated to make their next appearance in court on May 22.
Bobbi Booth, Teresa Mayes’ sister, spoke to CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday about Adam Mayes and his relationship with her sister, who she said has mental health problems.
“I’ve known Adam for at least 25 years, and he’s always been weird and unusual … but I never dreamed he would do something like this,” she said.
She described him as aggressive and not trustworthy. He beat and threatened to kill her sister, said Booth, who pleaded with him to “do the right thing.”
Authorities tried to interview Mayes soon after Gary Bain reported his wife and the girls missing on April 27 in Whiteville, a western Tennessee town of 4,600 people. However, Mayes fled, officials said.
He was last seen May 1 in Guntown, the same northern Mississippi town where the bodies were found. Details haven’t been released as to how or when they died.
Mayes may be using the alias of Christopher Zachery Wylde or Paco Rodrigass, his Facebook profile name, the FBI said Monday.
Rick Foster, whose wife was a lifelong friend of Jo Ann Bain and whose daughter was a classmate of Adrienne Bain, recently told CNN that Mayes had been a friend of the Bain family for years. Mayes lived about 90 miles away in Mississippi, Foster said, but would stay with the Bains when he was in the Whiteville area.
Authorities describe Mayes as a white man with blue eyes and brown hair, 175 pounds and 6-foot-3. He recently cut his hair and may have done the same to the missing girls.
As for the Bains, Foster described the marriage between Jo Ann and Gary as “perfect” and said the family had planned to move to Arizona once the school year ended.
The FBI and U.S. Marshal Service are offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to Mayes’ arrest and to the missing girls.
CNN’s Rich Phillips and Natisha Lance contributed to this report.
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