America’s Most Wanted man is now dead, but fortunately he left behind survivors. Two precious girls in fact:
Mississippi fugitive Adam Mayes fatally shot himself as cops closed in Thursday night, and the two young girls he’d kidnapped were found alive and well, authorities said.
The dramatic ending capped a weeks-long abduction ordeal that had left the girls’ mother and older sister dead.
Mayes, 35, shot himself in the head in New Albany, Miss., as authorities swooped in after a manhunt that began April 27, Guntown Police Chief Michael Hall told the Daily News.
Hall said the fugitive had been with the girls, Alexandria, 12, and Kyliyah, 8, when he was found near a wooded area not far from his home in Guntown, Miss.
CNN reported that the girls were not near him when he pulled the trigger.
“No officers fired a shot,” Hall told the News.
Mayes was treated in an ambulance and taken to a hospital around 7 p.m., ABC News reported, and was pronounced dead.
A federal law enforcement officer told CNN that the two sisters are “suffering from the experience of being out in the woods and from being kidnapped. They are suffering from dehydration and exhaustion, but appear OK.”
CNN said authorities responded after someone called about seeing Mayes’ car.
Police had been a major manhunt for Mayes, who was placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list earlier this week after the bodies of the mother, Jo Ann Bain, 31, and one of the daughters, Adrienne, 14, were later discovered behind his mother’s Mississippi home.
Authorities have said they’re still trying to determine the exact relationship between Mayes and Bain.
Family members have said the married Mayes may have been having an affair with Bain, and that he believed he had also fathered the two younger children.
Mayes’ mother, Mary, and his wife, Teresa, were arraigned on kidnapping-related charges. Teresa Mayes allegedly told authorities Mayes had killed Bain and her oldest daughter at their Tennessee home, and she helped drive the bodies and the other two girls to Mississippi, according to court affidavits.
Hall said he’s relieved to know the young girls survived the ordeal.
“We’re definitely glad that the girls are safe and the communities can go back to normal,” Hall said. “That’s ultimately the goal we had.”
We’re so happy to hear the girls are safe, but this story has been CRAY! SMH @ this guy’s wife helping him. Now she’s gonna end up paying the price for his crimes.
Ladies, this is why we keep saying you gotta be careful who you mess with and bring around your kids!