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(UNION COUNTY, Miss.) — Two Tennessee girls missing since their mother and sister were murdered have been found alive in Mississippi, where their suspected abductor apparently shot himself in the head and died, law enforcement sources said.

Adam Mayes, 35, suspected of killing the mother and sister and abducting Alexandria and Kyliyah Bain, ages 12 and 8, was treated in an ambulance at the scene of his shooting in a wooded area a few miles from his home and taken to a hospital around 7 p.m., officials said. He died of the self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The girls were believed to be healthy, but were taken to a hospital for observation.

Federal officials summoned reporters to a church in Guntown, Miss., the town where Mayes lived, for additional information.

Mayes’ ex-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’ ex-wife, Teresa Mayes, told ABC News affiliate WTVC that her daughter and Mayes fought often over whether Mayes was actually the father of Jo Ann 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 Adam Mayes had both been charged with murder.

After the killings of Jo Ann and Adrienne Bain, the FBI put Mayes on its Top Ten Most Wanted fugitives list.

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