As police searched for the main suspect in the killing of two Bain family members, who was also responsible for the abduction before they were reported missing, they made arrests on Tuesday of his mother and wife.
Law enforcement detectives found the bodies of Jo Ann Bain and her 14-year-old daughter Adrienne, who are from Tennessee, buried in the backyard of a northern Mississippi home last week, while Jo Ann’s two other daughters, 12-year-old Alexandria and 8-year-old Kyliyah were still missing and believed to be with the suspect, who was a family friend, 35-year-old Adam Mayes who is still at large.
Teresa Mayes, Adam’s wife, was arrested on Tuesday on four counts of aggravated kidnapping. Teresa admits in a police affidavit that she was involved in taking the Bain family from Hardeman County by driving them to Union County, Miss., according to Memphis station WMC-TV.
Meanwhile, Mary Francis Mayes, Adam’s mother, was arrested on four counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated kidnapping, for knowing about the crimes by her son and not reporting them.
Teresa is currently being held on a $500,000 bond, and Mary is being held on a $300,000 bond.
Jo Ann’s husband Gary, reported the girls and his wife missing on April 27th when they were headed home from Arizona, where they were getting ready to make a move too, for a funeral. Jo Ann’s truck was discovered abandoned 2 days later 3 miles from their Memphis home. Police questioned Adam Mayes that day and let him go. A week later they realized Mayes gave them false information and when they went back to arrest him, he was already gone.
“At this point Mayes is the primary suspect, and our focus is on locating him and the victims,” FBI spokesman Joel Siskovic told ABCNews.com. “We’re actively looking in the area of Mississippi. However, there is information to show he has connections to other states. We’ve got local, state and national law enforcement agents out.”