This undated photo provided by the Hardeman County (Miss.) Sheriff's Department shows Adam Mayes. (AP Photo/Hardeman County (Miss) Sheriff's Department)
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.(WVLT)--To many, it's the face of evil, to University of Tennessee Forensic Anthropology students, it means research. .
Although the school tells us it's against their policy to talk about it, A Mississippi coroner says he arrived with the body Thursday morning.
Mayes was the subject of an intense manhunt in April after killing Jo Ann Bain, her 14-year old daughter and kidnapping Bain's two young daughters.
Deputies found him shot in the head, the two girls unharmed
But since then, no family member wanted to claim the body until his wife signed it over to UT.
Retired UT Forensic Anthropologist Dr. Bill Bass told Local 8 News,
"I don't think they'd treat him any different than anybody else."
Dr. Bass says Mayes' body could be a part of any number of research projects from Masters thesis to doctoral dissertations.
But most likely it will be taken to the renowned body farm
"What happens if you get shot in the head do you decay faster than if you're not shot in the head?
Bass says factoring in temperature, insects and environment will enable real life CSI investigators to learn more over time about the whey's of the human body.
In life, the name Adam Mayes conjures up heinous acts, in death he's just one of many.
"This isn't the first time something like this has happened we've had other individuals like this."