Search continues for missing college student’s remains

Investigators continued their search for evidence in Pulaski County in the suspected murder of a metro Atlanta college student while the student’s church family mourned his death.

Authorities arrested Robert Kane Rolison, 17, Thursday and charged him with murder in the death of Middle Georgia State College student Jmaal Malik Keyes, but the search continues for Keyes’ remains.

Keyes was last seen April 25 leaving his dormitory on the college campus in Cochran. Rolison was dual-enrolled at a local high school and at Middle Georgia State, and he and Keyes are believed to have socialized.

The GBI is in charge of the investigation. Officials are being careful with their public statements until evidence collected from a burned-out cabin outside of Hawkinsville can be analyzed.

Meanwhile in Austell, the congregation at Destiny World Church, where Keyes was a member, dealt with the loss.

Members described Keyes to Channel 2 Action News as quiet and polite, but an active member of the church.

On his Twitter account, Pastor Wilbur Purvis referenced Keyes’ death, saying it had been “the toughest days in 20 years of being a pastor.” In response, he challenged his congregation to practice “random acts of kindness.”

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