Missing Sisters Found
GUNTOWN, Miss. (AP) - A manhunt for a fugitive accused of kidnapping and a double-slaying ended Thursday after the suspect apparently shot himself and died. The girls he fled with are safe, police said.
Adam Mayes, 35, was killed Thursday evening after authorities acted on a tip and found him in the area near New Albany, Miss.
When they went to arrest him, he shot himself in the head, said Guntown Police Chief Michael Hall.
The girls, Alexandra Bain, 12, and Kyliyah Bain, 8, were being taken to a hospital for observation, Hall said.
It was not immediately clear if they were with Mayes when he was killed.
Mayes had been charged with first-degree murder in the April 27 deaths of Jo Ann Bain, 31, and her daughter, Adrienne, 14.
Their bodies were found buried outside the Mayes' home a week after they were reported missing by Jo Ann Bain's husband.
Mayes' wife, Teresa, also is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths.
She told investigators he killed Jo Ann and Adrienne Bain at their Whiteville, Tenn., home so he could abduct the two young sisters, according to court documents.
The hunt for Adam Mayes and the two young sisters encompassed parts of at least three counties in northern Mississippi.
State and local law enforcement agents on Thursday searched a densely wooded area about 10 miles from Mayes' home near Guntown. State troopers blocked a road, stopped vehicles and searched their trunks.
"This is the last place he was seen in, in the Alpine area," said Union County Sheriff Jimmy Edwards. "We don't have anything to lead us anywhere else."
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