Federal, state and local law enforcement agents displayed their resolve to locate and capture a Union County man wanted for a double murder and the kidnapping of two young girls when they placed him on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Ten Most Wanted List Wednesday.
Adam Mayes, a resident of the Alpine Community, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of especially aggravated kidnapping in Hardeman County, Tenn., where he allegedly killed Jo Ann and Adrienne Bain and took Alexandria and Kyliyah Bain at the family’s home on April 26.
Mayes’ wife, Teresa, has also been arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of especially aggravated kidnapping by the Hardeman County, Tenn. Sheriff’s Department.
Adam Mayes’ mother, Mary Frances, also is in custody in Tennessee for three counts of conspiracy to commit especially aggravated kidnapping.
Law enforcement officials discovered the bodies of Jo Ann and Adrienne Bain behind a mobile home on Highway 9 when they executed a search warrant at the Mayes’ place of residence last Saturday.
According to investigators, Teresa Mayes has admitted to assisting her husband in an effort to kidnap Alexandria Bain, 12, and Kyliyah Bain, 8. She has also admitted to being present when her husband killed Jo Ann and Adrienne Bain in the garage of the family’s Hardeman County home on April 27.
According to an Associated Press report, Teresa Mayes’ mother said that her son-in-law believed both Alexandria and Kyliya Bain are his daughters and that Adam and Teresa Mayes often fought over the issue.
Law enforcement agents have not commented on Mayes’ motive for the kidnapping.
In a press conference held Wednesday, Aaron T. Ford, special agent in charge of the FBI Memphis field office, said the investigation continues to focus on Union County and surrounding areas.
“We will continue to concentrate our efforts in this area until we have looked at every lead,” Ford said. “We will begin to spread it to other areas once those leads are exhausted.”
Ford went on to say that investigators continue under the assumption that the two girls are still with Mayes and that they are alive and well.
Ford also said he hopes that by placing Mayes on the Ten Most Wanted list, the chances of finding him and the two girls will increase exponentially.
“This list has helped in the recovery and capture of 465 wanted fugitives,” Ford said. “We intend to make Adam Mayes number 466.”
Union County Sheriff Jim Edwards said his office remains hard at work answering calls and following leads.
“We’re working the investigative side and the fugitive side to make sure this county is protected and safe,” Edwards said. “We’re still making arrests. Made a drug arrest yesterday and working a sexual battery case and life goes on, and everyday business goes on as well as this added effort with the FBI and the Marshal’s service. My deputies are having to step up – investigators, the chief deputy, myself. We’re all operating on sometimes three to four hours of sleep or less. We’re proud to do it.”
Following the press conference, Edwards did not indicate that any charges against either Mayes, his wife or mother in Union County.
“It’s possible,” Edwards said. “But I believe that these federal charges are adequate.”