By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal
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TUPELO – More than one person could split $171,000 in reward money for tips leading to Thursday’s discovery of most-wanted fugitive Adam Mayes, according to FBI spokesman Joel Siskovic.
Siskovic said authorities still must determine which tips aided in the search and reward the money accordingly. More than 100 were provided during the course of the week-long manhunt.
“We’re still deciding that and tying up loose ends,” he said. “It’s all being worked out. We’ll probably make an announcement at some point on that.”
The FBI, which added Mayes to its most-wanted list, offered a $100,000 reward. The U.S. Marshals offered $50,000, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam $15,000 and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation $6,000.
Mayes, of Union County, was suspected of kidnapping Alexandria Bain, 12, and her sister Kyliyah, 8, after killing the girls’ mother and teenage sister at their home in Whiteville, Tenn.
When agents found them hiding in the woods near Zion Hill Baptist Church in the Alpine community, Mayes shot and killed himself. The girls were rescued and now are back home in Tennessee.
Although the investigation continues in Tennessee, most of the case-related activity has ceased in Union County.
Sheriff Jimmy Edwards also said that, despite earlier reports, four people arrested last week in connection with the case were not, in fact, related to it at all.