TWO young girls have been found alive after the man who allegedly killed their mother and sister before kidnapping them was found dead, authorities said.
Adam Mayes, 35, shot himself in Union County, Mississippi, FBI Special Agent Joel Siskovic said. "The girls are safe. He is deceased," he said.
Authorities say Mayes killed Jo Ann Bain, 31, and her oldest daughter Adrienne Bain, 14, on April 27, the day they went missing from their Tennessee home, and their bodies were found in shallow graves on property belonging to Mayes' mother in Guntown, Mississippi, last weekend.
Officials said Mayes had kidnapped the two younger girls, Alexandria Bain, 12, and Kyliyah Bain, eight.
Alexandria and Kyliyah Bain were safe and on their way to an emergency room, local media reports in Mississippi said.
"It is a relief that the children are found alive and the public is not in fear of this subject any longer," Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson said, according to the Northeast Mississippi News.
Authorities described Mayes as a friend to the Bain family, but the relationship went terribly wrong when the Bains planned to move to Arizona. The husband reported his wife and three girls went missing on April 27.
The FBI was offering a $100,000 reward for Mayes and on Wednesday placed him on the bureau's "Ten Most Wanted Fugitive List," saying he ranked No 1 on the list.
The FBI reward was in addition to $71,000 already offered by other sources for Mayes' capture and conviction.