(UNION COUNTY, Miss.) — Two Tennessee girls believed kidnapped after their mother and sister were murdered reportedly have been found alive in Mississippi.
Though Alexandria and Kyliyah Bain, ages 12 and 8, were found Thursday, according to ABC News affiliate WBBJ in Jackson, Miss. — the whereabouts of their suspected kidnapper, and the man suspected in the murders, Adam Mayes, was not immediately clear.
Federal officials said there was a “significant break in the case” and summoned reporters to a church in Guntown, Miss.
Bain’s mother-in-law earlier said she believed Mayes killed the girls’ mother and her eldest daughter, and then ran away with the two girls because he believed the girls were his own children.
Josie Tate, the mother of Mayes’ wife Teresa, told ABC News affiliate WTVC that her daughter and Mayes fought often over whether Mayes was actually the father of JoAnn Bain’s two youngest children.
Bain and her eldest daughter, Adrienne, were killed in their Tennessee home on April 27, and then taken with the two youngest daughters to Mayes’ home in Mississippi, according to police affidavits. Teresa and Mayes have both been charged with murder, but Mayes remained at large and on the run, leading the FBI to place him on its Top Ten Most Wanted fugitives list.
Authorities are investigating the scene where the two girls were recovered.
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