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A new break has come in the case of the missing Bain family from Tennessee. Authorities have arrested the mother and wife of suspect Adam Mayes in connection with their kidnapping and charged them with "especially aggravated kidnapping," according to reports.
Earlier today, police positively identified the bodies of Jo Ann Bain and her eldest daughter Adrienne at the home of suspect Adam Mayes's mother. They had been buried in the back yard, and witnesses said they saw Adam digging the holes the Bains were buried in. Adam's wife Teresa has also been charged with helping him forcibly remove the Bain family from their home.
"It is believed that Adam Mayes removed or confined Jo Ann Bain and her 3 daughters ... in a manner that substantially interfered with their liberty," the warrant states. "Concerning Jo Ann Bain and Adrienne Bain, both victims suffered serious bodily injury as a result of their removal or confinement."
The two youngest Bain girls, Alexandria and Kyliyah, are still missing, and authorities are fearful they will be found in the same condition as their mother and older sister.
"At this point Mayes is the primary suspect and our focus is on locating him and the victims," FBI spokesman Joel Siskovic told ABCNews.com today. "We're actively looking in the area of Mississippi. However, there is information to show he has connections to other states. We've got local, state and national law enforcement agents out."
"The fact that these two bodies were found at this location led the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to issue Amber Alerts that stated that we believe the children and the mother were in extreme danger," Siskovic explained.
Adam Mayes, 35, is suspected of kidnapping the family and altering their appearances in order to avoid police.
"We do have information that he has altered the appearances of everybody including himself, primarily from cutting their hair," Siskovic said. "The girls may have far shorter hair than the pictures out there."
After Bain and her daughters disappeared 11 days ago, police questioned Mayes, but let him go. Just a few days later, they realized they had been given false information and immediately set out to find Mayes and the family.
"We don't know exactly where he's going," police told reporters. "We do consider him armed and dangerous."
"Time is clearly at the essence," Brad Garrett, a former FBI agent, told ABC News. "If we have the mother who is dead and one of her daughters, law enforcement has every reason to believe that the other two daughters are definitely in jeopardy."