Law enforcement officers provided an inside glimpse into the manhunt that ended with the self-inflicted death of Adam Mayes and the recovery of his young kidnap victims Alexandria and Kyliyah Bain.
Authorities revealed that Adam Mayes had led 12-year-old Alexandria and 8-year-old Kyliyah through Mississippi back country for days before being found by police. The girls had not eaten in three days and were suffering from dehydration, poison ivy, and numerous bug bites.
When Mississippi Highway Patrol officer Master Sgt. Steve Crawford arrived at Mayes’ location near Zion Hill Baptist Church – just a few miles from Mayes’ Guntown home where the bodies of Jo Ann and Adrienne Bain were found – both Mayes and the girls were lying down on the ground exhausted. They roused when officers yelled “Get your hands up!” Mayes picked himself up, 9 mm pistol in hand.
“I hollered ‘Gun!’ three times to let my team know there was a weapon involved,” Crawford recalled. “Then he raised to his knees, never brandished a gun toward any of us or the children, and at that time took his own life.”
Crawford said the girls were an arm’s length away from Mayes at the time of the shooting. Crawford said they looked relieved and didn’t cry out. Another officer on the scene, Lt. Lee Ellington of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife said he heard Alexandria tell her younger sister: “Now we can go home.”
The girls were quickly transported to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis where they were shielded by white sheets to avoid cameramen. They were released to their father Gary Bain after treatment. Department of Public Safety official Albert Santa Cruz confirmed that police will ask for their accounts when the girls “get to where they can speak, when they calm down.” But Adam Mayes’ true motives for killing a mother and sister before kidnapping the girls may have gone with him to his grave.
New information about Adam Mayes is coming to light in the wake of his death. Jackson, MS TV station WMC-TV reported that Mayes was investigated for sexual abuse of a 7-year-old girl in 2010. A police report from that year claims that Mayes was babysitting a young girl when a relative walked into the bathroom to find a naked Mayes shaving the girl’s legs. The person who filed the report also claimed that Mayes possessed child pornography. No child porn was found, and Mayes was never charged with any of the allegations.