HAWKINSVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT/AP)- Human remains have been found by investigators in the disappearance of a Middle Georgia State College student, which is being treated as a homicide.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said the remains were collected Friday in Hawkinsville.
The GBI said in a statement that the evidence was found in an area adjacent to the home of a 17-year-old suspect, who faces a murder charge.
Authorities had been searching the area, where a building burned around the time 19-year-old Jmaal Malik Keyes was last seen. 41NBC's Tucker Sargent was there Friday as crews searched the area around Cabero Road.
GBI Spokesperson Sherry Lang said DNA tests are now being conducted on the remains to determine if they belong to Keyes.
Keyes, a freshman from Austell, was last seen on the school's Cochran campus April 25.
GBI News Release:
Evidence in Jmaal Keyes Investigation Determined to Be Human Remains
Hawkinsville, GA. – The State Crime Lab tested evidence submitted as part of the Jmaal Keyes death investigation and determined the evidence to be human remains. The evidence was collected on Friday, May 10 on Cabero Road in Hawkinsville in an area adjacent to the residence of Robert Kane Rolison. Rolison was charged with the murder of Jmaal Keyes on May 9. DNA testing will be done on the remains to determine whether the remains are that of Jmaal Keyes.
A first appearance hearing for Rolison was held on Sunday, May 12 in Bleckley County. A date for the bond hearing has not been set.