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Missing Tennessee Family: Bodies Found, 2 Younger Girls Still Missing

Missing Tennessee Family: Bodies Found, 2 Younger Girls Still Missing

Police have positively identified the bodies of Jo Ann Bain and her eldest daughter Adrienne at the home of suspect Adam Mayes. The two youngest Bain girls, Alexandria and Kyliyah, were last seen on April 27, and authorities remain fearful that they are in grave danger.

"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."

"Early days of the investigation led us to suspect Adam Mayes," Siskovic told ABC News. "Other information led to a location in Mississippi where we executed federal search warrants. During the course of searching that location, two bodies were found."

Police have not released any other information about the bodies, such as how they died, but police and FBI officials are worried that this does not bode well for the youngest Bain girls.

"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."

The FBI has joined the search for the family and has offered a reward of $50,000 for information leading to their recovery.

"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."

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