Girls could see kidnapper's suicide, FBI says
Alexandria Bain, 12, and Kyliyah Bain, 8.
May 11th, 2012
10:15 AM ET

Girls could see kidnapper's suicide, FBI says

[Updated at 10:45 a.m. ET] Police have arrested three more people in their investigation of the kidnappings of Jo Ann Bain and her daughters, a law enforcement source said Friday. The arrests are for making a false statement and illegal possession of a firearm, the source said. Bain and one daughter were found dead several days ago. Two other daughters were found alive Thursday night.

Also, a law enforcement source said Bain and her oldest daughter were strangled to death.

[Posted at 10:15 a.m. ET] A tip from a caller led the FBI to the place where fugitive Adam Mayes shot and killed himself - all within sight of the two young girls he had been holding captive, the agency said Friday.

When investigators came upon Mayes, "the girls were on their stomach face down. They were close enough to see what was going on when he killed himself," FBI spokesman Jason Pack said.

Alexandria Bain, 12, and Kyliyah Bain, 8, were tended to by two female agents who rode with them in an ambulance to the hospital.

"They were scared and relieved," Pack said. "They were hungry and thirsty. They gave them water and we drove them out right away."

The tip authorities received was not that someone had spotted Mayes, but that there was an old logging cabin behind a church that might have power and would be a good hiding place.

The area had been searched before by agents, but it was searched again.

There is no evidence that Mayes and the girls actually used the cabin, but they were believed to have been in the area for a few days, he said.

"There was no shelter or anything. It looks like they were in the open woods," Pack said. "They were dehydrated and dirty, like they were here for several days."

soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Perhaps the NRA is very proud today! This is what guns do to families! They destroy lives!

    May 11, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • what an idiot

      just like the time the mom locked her kids in the car and drove them in the water.....

      May 11, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Glen

      huh? Am I missing something, cause your comment made absolutely no sense.

      May 11, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      No, he didn't destroy his family by killing himself with a gun, he destroyed his family by kidnapping and murdering the mother and her daughter. It is unfortunate that the mother didn't have a firearm so that she could have perhaps stopped this in the beginning. It is unfortunate, however, that the girls witnessed him killing himself.

      May 11, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Those poor girls.
    I hope that they will be all right, and get all of the proper help they need to try and get past this traumatic time...
    My heart really goes out to them.

    May 11, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. thanks

    dear sob,
    thank you for saving the taxpayers money.

    May 11, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  4. WorldBelow

    To "Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer" – the NRA should be proud, Adam Mayes' last bullet worked perfectly.

    May 11, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • papoelrey

      I agree with you, but what about the state of mind of those two angles. They didn't deserve to see what they saw nor live it.

      May 11, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. hannamomma

    My heart goes out to those tow girls and their father. They need to realize that is makes no difference what this criminal thought about their paternity. I pray they are able to pull together and help each other heal from this horrible tragedy. They are a true family regardless of DNA. Family is so much more than DNA.

    May 11, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. Greek American

    All I can say is I am glad the kids were not physically harmed or killed.

    May 11, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  7. BigSir

    Story summary. Father of at least one of the three girls is ex-husband of kidnapper's sister. Kidnapper was also a family friend since at first the "father" thought his family "had runoff with the kidnapper" when he could not find them. Kidnapper killed mother and oldest daughter. Kidnapper thought he was the father of the two youngest girls who he kidnapped. Kidnapper was aided in murder and kidnapping by ex-wife (not the mother and ex-girlfriend who he murdered). Kidnapper hid in the woods with kids for two days then shot himself. Please add details that give this story some coherence.

    May 11, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Yes, not all forms of domestic violence involve deadly firearms! That woman driving her kids into the water was another way some people take the lives of their love ones. But statistics would show you that most deaths involving domestic violence are the result of people using firearms!

    May 11, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    Those poor girls. After the trauma they experienced with the kidnapping and all, the they witnesses the man killing himself. That is too much for a young mind. I hope they'll be able to recover from all that.

    May 11, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  10. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer


    No, I wasn't saying he destroyed his family by killing himself! I was saying that he destroyed his family by killing the older girl and her mother and using the gun to abduct the younger girls! Him killing himself was divine justice that we can all agree with!

    May 11, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  11. dreamer96

    After the girls are it legal to wipe their short term memories with a drug like GHB, sodium oxybate, or Rohypnol, so these kids don't have to live with that memory the rest of their lives...Being told about it is one thing, but having the real memory and all that comes with it is another..

    May 11, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • huh?

      that's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard...I hope, for your sake, that you're just trolling with that comment, because if not, you should probably wear a helmet.
      Because how could you actually think it'd be a good idea to give to young girls GHB or benzodiazepines? They don't 'wipe you clean,' they black you out, and then you come back to the same reality you were in before taking the drug

      May 11, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ron

    When I saw the picture of the 2 surviving girls and the headline stating they were alive, I was so happy I could have
    cried. They are the only good thing involved in this whole sordid affair.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  13. 28mAmerican

    As sad as it is that the 3 of them died, in retrospect I suppose this outcome is indeed a happy ending. Two girls survive seemingly unhurt. They still have a parent and the danger to them is gone forever.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  14. ♚Mmmmm♛

    these poor babies they look like little angelinajolees...

    May 11, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. gung hoe

    Hi nsaidi why in the heck did my post that was O T get eliminated.I understand 1 was off topic but not the other

    May 11, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
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