Evidence found in missing student case near suspect’s Hawkinsville home

wcrenshaw@macon.comMay 11, 2013 

A massive search for the body of a missing Middle Georgia State College student yielded evidence found near the home of the prime suspect, but authorities aren’t saying much else.

Sherry Lang, GBI inspector, said multiple law enforcement agencies searched an area of Pulaski County into the early hours of Saturday morning. Evidence was found and has been sent to crime lab for evaluation. She said the evidence was located on a road close to the Hawkinsville home of Robert Kane Rolison, 17, who has been charged with murder in connection with the case.

“Some evidence was recovered that we feel is relevant to the investigation,” she said. “We are not saying right now what that evidence is.”

She also declined to state whether it gave searchers any better idea of the location of the body of 19-year-old Jmaal Malik Keyes.

The search is ongoing, she said, and leads are being followed. Although the body has not been found, investigators have said there is sufficient evidence to conclude Keyes was killed.

Investigators have said little about why they believe Rolison killed Keyes.

The search has focused on Bleckley and Pulaski counties. On Friday searchers used boats on the Ocmulgee River and the Georgia State Patrol searched from the air.

The land search continued into the night.

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 is the last time anyone has reported seeing Keyes. Police said his belongings were untouched in his dorm room.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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