By Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal
BLUE SPRINGS – Scores of law enforcement personnel assembled behind East Union School Sunday afternoon as part of a manhunt to find an Alpine man in whose backyard two buried bodies were found Friday night after a search was begun that morning.
Adam Mayes is a suspect in the apparent abduction of a family from their Whiteville, Tenn., home. Jo Ann Bain and her daughters Adrienne, 14; Alexandria, 12; and Kyliyah, 9, were last seen April 27, and Mayes is believed to have been considered a family friend.
The frustration of not having all the answers they needed added to the fatigue of the three-day search involving numerous agencies.
“We have nothing to confirm that he’s here and nothing to confirm that he’s not,” said Union County Sheriff Jimmy Edwards. “We’re going to search this area thoroughly to try to rule that out. … We’ve been given tips that he’s been seen in a hundred different places.”
Mayes’ last confirmed sighting in the area was Tuesday, he said.
Edwards said the two bodies had been sent to Jackson for autopsy but that neither results of the autopsy or identities of the deceased were yet available.
SWAT members from DeSoto County Sheriff Department wore body armor and carried rifles as they stood at the ready Sunday afternoon with officers from several other agencies, including the U.S. Marshals Service, Tupelo Police and the Mississippi Highway Patrol and its Special Operations Group and even the Yazoo-Mississippi Delta Levee District. Edwards said the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are also involved in the hunt.
North of the school, in the Alpine community, authorities established highway checkpoints as part of the search.
In one of the few new developments, Edwards confirmed that the two deceased individuals may not have died in Union County.
As of Sunday afternoon, no definite outcome of the ongoing search was in view.
“We’ll stay in this area and work until it’s over with to try to make sure everybody in this area is safe,” Edwards said.
Late in the afternoon, authorities moved their command post to the East Union Fire Department at Ellistown to keep from impacting the school’s operation.
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Authorities described Adrienne as having brown hair and eyes. She’s 5 feet 4 inches tall and 129 pounds. Alexandria has brown hair and hazel eyes and is 5 feet tall and 105 pounds. Kyliyah has blonde hair and brown eyes and is 4 feet tall and 57 pounds.
Mayes has brown hair and blue eyes and is 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 175 pounds.
However, authorities said Mayes may have cut his hair, as well as cut and dyed the girls’ hair to disguise their identities.
The FBI and U.S. Marshals Service also announced a reward of up to $50,000 for information that leads to the location of the missing victims and the arrest of Mayes.
Anyone with information is asked to call 601-987-1353, 1-800-TBI-FIND or local authorities.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.