Authorities try to ID bodies, search for mom, kids

Associated Press Modified: May 6, 2012 at 6:45 pm •  Published: May 6, 2012
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WHITEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities were working Sunday to identify two bodies found at a Mississippi residence associated with a man suspected of abducting a woman and her three young daughters.

The FBI has said two bodies were found over the weekend at a home connected to 35-year-old Adam Mayes in Guntown, Miss., but agents have released few other details. Authorities believe that Mayes abducted the woman, Jo Ann Bain, and her three daughters, ages 8 to 14.

On Sunday, forensic scientists with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation searched the garage and backyard at the Hardeman County, Tenn. home where Bain, her husband and their children lived.

An Associated Press reporter saw the agents searching before being told to leave the street where the home was located. Bain's husband declined to comment Sunday.

Meanwhile, a Bain family friend said Sunday that the woman and her daughters were moving to Arizona because two of the girls had asthma.

Linda Kirkland, a cook at the Country Cafe in Whiteville, Tenn., said that the Bains and their daughters were back in the Whiteville area taking care of some business after a death in the family.

Tennessee authorities said the family had not yet moved.

Bain had frequented the restaurant and never indicated anything was wrong.

"She seemed so happy," Kirkland said.

"Jo Ann and the kids, everyone loves them. We're just hoping to hear that they're safe."

Bain's daughters are 14-year-old Adrienne, 12-year-old Alexandria and 8-year-old Kyliyah. An Amber Alert has been issued for the girls, and Mayes is charged with kidnapping in Tennessee.

FBI spokesman Joel Siskovic said Sunday that efforts to identify the bodies continued on Sunday. He would not say if they were children. They were found late Friday night or early Saturday morning.

The Bains were last seen April 27 in Hardeman County, Tenn., which is about 70 miles east of Memphis. The woman's husband reported her missing, and her vehicle was found abandoned.

Authorities said Mayes was at the family's home on the night that Jo Ann Bain went missing late last month. They were trying to determine if Jo Ann Bain went with Mayes willingly.