A body has been found near the home of a murder suspect. Now state investigators need to determine if the human remains are those of a missing Cobb County student.
19 year old Jmaal Keyes was a student at Middle Georgia State College when he vanished. A long search turned up no body but did nab a suspect.
Robert Rolinson, 17, of Hawkinsville, was arrested and charged with Keyes' murder. Now, police say, evidence gathered near Rolinson's home have been identified as human remains.
"That evidence was submitted to the GBI crime lab," says the GBI's Sherry Lang, "and it tested positive for being human remains."
The evidence, which was gathered Friday on Cabero Road, adjacent to Rolinson's residence, still needs testing to further figure out the identity of the remains.
"DNA testing will be done on the evidence and will be compared to Jmaal Keyes," Lang tells WSB. "That will determine if those remains are Jmaal Keyes."
As for Rolinson, he was charged with murder evidence then new evidence was discovered.
He had his first appearance in court this past weekend and a bond hearing has not been set.
The GBI still does not have a motive for the killing of the teenager.
Lang says the DNA testing should be completed in about a week after they receive the DNA of Keyes.