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Authorities find body of Tennessee mom, daughter, while 2 others still missing

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May 6, 2012: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents inspect the home and garage of a woman and her three young daughters who authorities say were abducted near Whiteville, Tenn. (AP)

 Authorities say they have found the bodies of a missing Tennessee mother and her 14-year-old daughter in Mississippi, while her two other daughters may still be with an alleged abductor.

  The FBI said in a news release late Monday that the bodies of Jo Ann Bain and her 14-year-old daughter Adrienne Bain have been positively identified. 

The FBI said it believed Bain's two other daughters -- 12-year-old Alexandria and 8-year-old Kyliyah -- were still with alleged kidnapper Adam Mayes. The agency did not say in a news release why it thought that. Mayes may be using two different aliases, the FBI said.

  The FBI says the bodies were found behind Mayes' residence near Guntown, Miss.

Mayes was last seen a week ago in Guntown, about 80 miles south of the Bain family's home in Whitesville, Tenn.

Kidnapping warrants have been issued for Mayes. The Mississippi Department of Public Safety said Saturday it believed "the children may be in extreme danger."

Jo Ann Bain and her daughters were last seen at their home outside Whiteville. Before they disappeared, the Bains had been preparing to move to Arizona.

The mother's Facebook page shows that in the days before the four disappeared she was packing and working on homework. Her last post, dated April 26, said "a good venting always makes you feel better." It didn't say why she was venting.

A web of ties connects Mayes to the missing woman and her family. They were all known around Whiteville, a town of about 4,500 people 60 miles east of Memphis. Mayes was a longtime friend of Bain's husband and had been at their home the evening before they disappeared, police said.

Mayes had stayed over at the Bains' house to help the family pack and load up a U-Haul to drive across the country to Arizona, Helm said. Gary Bain, who was at the house that night, awoke to find his wife, daughters and Mayes gone.

He couldn't reach his wife on her cell phone that day, and reported them missing when the girls didn't get off the school bus.

While authorities say Mayes is likely to be armed and extremely dangerous, acquaintances describe him as friendly, helpful and like an uncle to the girls.

Gerald Long, 60, of Jackson, Tenn., said he last saw Mayes about two years ago. He said Mayes lived across the street from him for about a year with his wife, Teresa. He described Mayes as a "sociable person."

He was helpful, Long said. "He didn't seem violent or anything."

As for his relationship with his wife, Long said "they were always up and down about things." Long would not elaborate.

FBI spokesman Joel Siskovic said authorities talked to Mayes early on in the investigation, but he fled when they tried to contact him again.

Authorities had said over the weekend that Mayes could be in Mississippi but that he has ties to Arizona, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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