ATLANTA (AP) — Human remains have been found by investigators near the home of a 17-year-old charged with murder in the disappearance of a Middle Georgia State College student, authorities said today.
The evidence was collected Friday in Hawkinsville. Testing later at the state crime lab determined they were human remains, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.
They were found in an area where a building burned around the time 19-year-old Jmaal Malik Keyes was last seen. DNA testing will be done to determine whether the remains are that of Keyes.
Keyes, a freshman from Austell, was last seen on the school's Cochran campus April 25. Investigators have not said how they believe he was killed.
Campus police said they have surveillance video that shows Keyes, who did not have a car on the campus, getting into another student's car, WXIA-TV in Atlanta reported. Officers located that student, who told them he dropped Keyes off in a neighborhood near campus April 25.
That's the last time anyone has reported seeing Keyes. Police said his belongings were untouched in his dorm room.