(Whiteville, TN) Investigators say they believe the series of events that led to the disappearance of Jo Ann Bain and her three daughters, Adrienne, Alexandria and Kyliyah began about 10 days ago.
The family left Arizona to return home to Tennessee for a funeral.
It was Friday, April 27th, when Bain’s husband, Gary, reported his wife and children missing.
Their disappearance shook the small town of Whiteville where the family lived.
Linda Kirkland said, “We were just all hoping and praying that she can be found safe and all the kids and all can come back safe.”
Jo Ann Bain’s truck was discovered less than three miles from her Whiteville home on Sunday, April 29, the same day police questioned a man considered a longtime family friend named Adam Mayes, then let him go.
By the following Tuesday, police say, they realized that Mayes had given them misleading information. When they went to arrest him, he had vanished.
Jimmy Edwards is the Union County, Mississippi Sheriff, “We are working around the clock 24 hours a day searching for this person. We can’t say he’s in this county, we can’t say he’s not.”
The Bain family was days away from returning to Arizona when Jo Ann Bain and her children disappeared.
Investigators say Mayes even stayed at the family’s house to help them pack and load up a U-haul to drive back to Arizona
Gary Bain, who was at the house that night, awoke to find his wife, daughters and Mayes gone.
Neighbors such as Jackie Byers were praying things would not take a turn for the worse, “I mean it’s terrible. Hopefully, they’re alive and well and there is no foul play.”
But that wouldn’t be the case.
Affidavits Against Teresa & Mary Mayes showed Mayes’ wife, Teresa and his mother, Mary, may have been in on the crime.
The affidavit said the two women helped confine and bring the family from Hardeman County, Tennessee to Union County, Mississippi.
The women allegedly saw Adam Mayes digging in his mother’s backyard on April 27th.
On May 4, the FBI began excavation around that house and discovered two bodies.
Monday, the Shelby county Medical Examiner confirmed the bodies were Jo Ann Bain and her 14-year-old daughter, Adrienne.
The search continues for Mayes and the two other girls.
Billy Pittman is hoping an arrest is made soon, “It’s hard to wrap your head around and it’s really scary. I wish they would hurry up and catch him so things can get back to normal.”
Regarding Adam Mayes, police said he has ties to Arizona, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida.
He’s considered armed and dangerous and he may be using the aliases of Christopher Wylde or Paco Rodrigass.
If you see him call 1-800-824-3463.