The two Tennessee sisters who were rescued from the man who murdered their mother and older sister have been released from the hospital and will soon undergo questioning by police to find out what happened to them during the past two weeks, according to the FBI.
Alexandria, 12, and Kyliyah Bain, 8, were rescued by the Mississippi Highway Patrol in a densely wooded area Thursday night. Police tracked the girls and his kidnapper, Adam Mayes, 35, to his hideout near the suspect's Guntown, Miss., home.
In a dramatic confrontation, police repeatedly ordered Mayes to surrender. Instead, he fatally shoot himself in the head.
The girls were then taken to a hospital as a precaution and released today. Police said they were hungry, dehydrated and had poison ivy when they were found.
"The girls were found alive and appear to be unharmed," Daniel McMullen, the FBI special agent in charge for the state of Mississippi, told reporters. "Officers also apprehended top-10 fugitive Adam Mayes. Preliminary reports indicate Mayes shot himself in the head and was later pronounced dead in an area hospital."
Mayes is suspected of killing the girls' mother, JoAnn Bain, and sister, Adrienne Bain, at their Tennessee home on April 27 in order to kidnap the younger girls, whom he thought were his biological children. The girls had been living with JoAnn and her husband, Gary Bain, and were planning to move as a family to Arizona at the end of the school year.
Police and the FBI had been chasing Mayes through Tennessee and Mississippi since the kidnapping, rushing him to their Top 10 Most Wanted fugitives list. Now, authorities will interview the two girls to find out where they have been for the past two weeks and to determine if anyone was helping Mayes hide from police.
During the investigation, police arrested Mayes' wife, Teresa, and mother, Mary Mayes, in connection with the murder and kidnapping. According to the warrants, Teresa Mayes told police she witnessed Adam kill JoAnn Bain in the garage of the Bain's home, and then kill Adrienne Bain in the home itself.
Adam and Teresa Mayes then took the dead bodies and two young girls to the Mayes' home in Mississippi, where Adam Mayes buried the two bodies, the documents state.
The bodies were found earlier this week in the backyard of the home Mayes shares Teresa and his mother and father.
Mayes' mother-in-law, Josie Tate, earlier said she believed Mayes believed the girls were his own children.
"The reasons they were arguing so much was because there were two little girls that he was absolutely obsessed with. He was claiming those two children were his," Tate told ABC News affiliate WTVC
Neighbors told a similar story, that Mayes was a close family friend of the Bain family and told people that he was the father of the two youngest girls.
"He made us all think that was his kids," Andrea Miller, a neighbor and friend of Adam Mayes, told WTVC.