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Missing Tenn. mother, children had moved to Arizona

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents inspected the home and garage of a woman and her three young daughters who authorities say were abducted near Whiteville, Tenn.
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Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents inspected the home and garage of a woman and her three young daughters who authorities say were abducted near Whiteville, Tenn.

WHITEVILLE, Tenn. - A woman and her three young daughters, who authorities say were abducted from Tennessee, had recently moved to Arizona because two of the girls had asthma, a family friend said Sunday.

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Authorities believe 35-year-old Adam Mayes abducted Jo Ann Bain (clockwise from top left) and her daughters, Adrienne, 14; Kyliyah, 8; and Alexandria, 12

Linda Kirkland, a cook at the Country Cafe in Whiteville, Tenn., said that Jo Ann Bain, her husband, and three daughters had been back in the Whiteville area to take care of some business after a death in the family. Asthma sufferers have long flocked to Arizona because of its dry, warm climate.

Bain had visited the restaurant and never indicated anything was wrong. “She seemed so happy,’’ Kirkland said.

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“Jo Ann and the kids - everyone loves them. We’re just hoping to hear that they’re safe.’’

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Bain’s daughters are Adrienne, 14; Alexandria, 12; and Kyliyah, 8. Authorities say they are believed to have been abducted by 35-year-old Adam Mayes. He is charged with kidnapping in Tennessee.

The FBI has said two bodies were found at a home connected to Mayes in Mississippi, but agents have released few details.

Authorities were working Sunday to identify the bodies, said FBI spokesman Joel Siskovic. He would not say if they were children. They were found late Friday night or early Saturday morning.

The Bains were last seen April 27 in Hardeman County, Tenn., which is about 70 miles east of Memphis. The woman’s husband reported her missing, and her vehicle was found abandoned.

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Authorities were still trying to determine whether Jo Ann Bain went with Mayes willingly.