Remains confirmed to be those of missing college student

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ATLANTA - DNA tests confirm that remains found in Hawkinsville are those of a missing college student.

Jmaal Keyes, 19, disappeared last month while attending Middle Georgia State College south of Macon. A fellow student, Robert Kane Rolison, 17, was charged with murder. He is being held at the Pulaski County Jail.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said the remains were collected near Rolison's home the day after the arrest.

Middle Georgia State College Interim President John B. Black released a statement Friday saying,"This brings to a tragic end the search for one of our own, and it closes a painful chapter in the history of our college. We are encouraged by, and thankful for, the hard work of law enforcement officers as they seek the full measure of justice that our court system affords.

“The Middle Georgia State family is heartsick that what began as a missing person case did not end with Jmaal returning alive and well to his family and friends. We are saddened that this young man's life was cut short, and we extend our deepest and most heartfelt sympathy to all who loved and cared about Jmaal.”

A bond hearing has not been yet scheduled for Rolison.


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