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Accused Tennessee Kidnapper Added to FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List

Washington, D.C. May 09, 2012
  • FBI National Press Office (202) 324-3691

WASHINGTON—The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced today the addition of Adam Christopher Mayes to its Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. Mayes is wanted in connection with the alleged kidnapping of four female victims from Whiteville, Tennessee on April 27, 2012. Two of the victims were later found deceased in Mississippi.

On April 27, 2012, Jo Ann Bain, age 31, and her three children—Kyliyah, age 8; Alexandria, age 12; and Adrienne, age 14—were reported missing by Jo Ann’s husband. Her vehicle was later found abandoned.

Federal search warrants were executed at residences in Mississippi on May 4, 2012. During that search, two bodies were found and later identified as Jo Ann Bain and her eldest daughter, Adrienne. Kyliyah and Alexandria Bain remain missing and are considered to be in extreme danger.

State arrest warrants were issued after Mayes was charged with four counts of especially aggravated kidnapping. Mayes is also charged federally with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. He was last seen on May 1, 2012 in Guntown, Mississippi and should be considered armed and dangerous.

Mayes is a 35-year-old white male (date of birth: September 2, 1976), 6’3” tall, 175 to 235 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He has connections to Mississippi, Arizona, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida. Information indicates that Mayes may have changed his and the missing victims’ appearances.

Adam Mayes is the 496th person to be placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, which was established in March 1950. Since then, 465 fugitives have been apprehended or located—153 of them as a result of citizen cooperation.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading directly to the arrest of Adam Christopher Mayes.