by Chris Horne and Tom George, 13WMAZ.com
- Human remains recovered in Hawkinsville have been identified as 19-year-old Jmaal Keyes.
- Keyes went missing April 25 from the Cochran campus of Middle Georgia State College.
- Robert Kane Rolison, 17, was charged in Keyes' murder after remains were found his home.
Human remains found at a Hawkinsville site last week have been confirmed by DNA tests as Jmaal Keyes, the Middle Georgia State College student that went missing April 25.
That's according to a GBI news release.
Keyes' biological parents provided a DNA sample to authorities who matched it to remains found near the home of 17-year-old Robert Kane Rolison.
A family friend called Rolison a good kid involved in school, church, and the community, and said the family was surprised. "The Kane I knew would not be capable of something like this," says Scott Fisler of Hawkinsville. "He's never been in trouble."
He says Rolison was a high school junior at Hawkinsville High and as a dual-enrolled student at Middle Georgia State had been hoping to graduate high school with two years of college credit.
Rolison has been charged in Keyes' murder and is in custody at the Pulaski County jail.
MGSC interim president John Black released a statement Friday morning, calling the DNA test results "a tragic end" to the search for "one of our own."
He said, "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."
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The murder charge against Rolison was initially made in Bleckley County where Keyes attended college, but those were dropped because the remains were found in Pulaski County.
He was denied bond again and is in custody in the Pulaski County jail.
An Atlanta area resident, Keyes went missing from the campus of Middle Georgia State College in Cochran, sparking a wide search.
Investigators have not revealed how they think Keyes died or why, and have not described the relationship between the two students.
Friday, crews from the Pulaski County Fire Department blocked off the area leading up to the burned cabin. Todd Lowery of the GBI says that's to preserve the area in case any more searches need to be conducted.