Fugitive Adam Mayes is dead, and the two girls he was suspected of kidnapping are alive and safe, HLN learned Thursday night. The death was confirmed by FBI spokesman Joel Siskovic. There had been conflicting reports about Mayes since he was found after suffering an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound Thursday night in Union County, Mississippi.
According to law enforcement sources, 12-year-old Alexandria and 8-year-old Kyliyah Bain were being transported to an emergency room for treatment. Daniel McMullen, FBI special agent in charge in Jackson, Mississippi, said that officers with the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol and state Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Parks rescued Alexandria and Kyliyah "alive and unharmed."
"Preliminary reports indicate that Mr. Mayes shot himself in the head and was later pronounced dead," McMullen said.
Two young sisters ‘suffering’ but ‘appear OK’
The two young girls were found alive in a wooded area in Mississippi, authorities said. The two surviving sisters "are suffering from the experience of being out in the woods and from being kidnapped. They are suffering from dehydration and exhaustion, but appear OK," a federal law enforcement source on the scene told CNN.
"The girls were hungry, thirsty and dehydrated," said Aaron Ford, the special agent in charge of the FBI's Memphis office.
Bobbi Booth, Mayes' sister-in-law, told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Thursday night that she's "overwhelmed right now."
"All I'm (thinking) about now is that the children are safe," said Booth. "Thank you, God, for letting those children come home."
Mayes, who was added to the FBI's Most Wanted list Wednesday, was accused of kidnapping the girls from their Tennessee home and killing their mother, Jo Ann Bain, and 14-year-old sister Adrienne Bain. The two bodies were found on the property where his family was living in Guntown, Mississippi, last Friday.
His wife, Teresa Mayes, and mother, Mary Mayes, were arrested on related charges earlier this week and remain in custody.
Mayes' mother-in-law, Josie Tate, told HLN's Nancy Grace Thursday that he believed the two younger Bain girls were his biological daughters.
More information as it becomes available.
CNN Wires contributed to this report.