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Teen arrested for murder of missing Austell student

9:24 AM, May 10, 2013   |    comments
Jmaal Keyes (Courtesy of WMAZ)
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(GANNETT) -- A Hawkinsville teenager is charged with murdering Jmaal Keyes, the Middle Georgia State College student who went missing from the MGSC Cochran campus on April 25.

In a release from the college, officials said 17-year-old Robert Kane Rolison, who was described as a dual-enrolled high school/Middle Georgia State student, was arrested Thursday night and is now being held in the Bleckley County Jail.

Keyes, a 19-year-old freshman, disappeared two weeks ago from campus.

Shawn Douglas, MSGC campus police chief, declined to describe the death further. In a phone conversation, he told 13WMAZ that Jmaal Keyes' body has not yet been found.

Douglas said Keyes and Rolison apparently knew each other as campus classmates, but their relationship beyond that is unclear.

He said investigators did not find any calls between the two on their cell phones.

He said they're still investigating the case and have "a long road ahead." Douglas hopes to have more information to release within a few days.

According to the school's statement, MGSC Interim President John Black said late Thursday:

"We are absolutely devastated by this news. There just are no words to describe how deeply hurt we are and how terrible we feel for Jmaal's family. I wish to convey my heartfelt condolences to everyone in his family, and everyone who knew Jmaal. We ask everyone in the Middle Georgia community to keep this family in their thoughts and prayers in the days and weeks to come. We will cooperate in every way to help law enforcement authorities complete their investigation."

On Tuesday, a group of about 20 people from Keyes' family's Austell church searched the campus and surrounding neighborhoods for the missing teen.


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