Joann Bain


Update on Missing Hardeman County Mother and Daughters

Meghan Pinkley

Investigators released new information and named a person of interest in the search for missing Whiteville mother and her three daughters.

Wednesday evening, the Hardeman County sheriff briefed the media in Bolivar, as the search for the Bain family reached it's fifth day.

Despite finding Jo Ann Bain's abandoned Dodge Durango on a country road less than three miles from her home, there has been no sign of her or her three children.

"We have entered the kids with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children," said Sheriff John Doolen.

Sheriff Doolen said they recovered some items from the abandoned SUV such as hairbrushes, but nothing recovered has lead them toward foul play; although the sheriff said they are not ruling anything out.

Investigators issued a warrant for Adam Christopher Mayes, who they are calling a person of interest.

"We are actively searching to locate him because we believe that he has information on the whereabouts of this family," said Sheriff Doolen.

Officials said Mayes gave a false statement to the sheriff's department and is said to be a family friend.

Deputies revealed that Bain's husband was the adoptive father of two of the girls and biological father to one. The entire family was planning a move to Arizona last weekend; exactly when Jo Ann, Adrienne, Alexandria, and Kyliyah disappeared.

"One of the children has asthma and they say it's better for the child out there as far as the atmosphere and lack of humidity," added Sheriff Doolen.

Hardeman County deputies said as of right now, Jo Ann Bain is not accused of a crime, she just has a very concerned husband.

The search extends from Tennessee to Guntown, Mississippi, where Adam Mayes is from, to Arizona.

If you have any additional information about the whereabouts of the mother and her children, call the Hardeman County Sheriff's Department at (731) 658-3971 or the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.


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