A Middle Georgia State College student has been charged with murdering a fellow student from metro Atlanta reported missing last month.
Jmaal Keyes was last seen April 25 on his college’s campus in Cochran, according to campus police. His body has not been found, but campus police Thursday night arrested 17-year-old Robert Kane Rolison, 17, and charged him with murder.
According to a press release issued by the college overnight, Rolison is a dual-enrolled high school and Middle Georgia State student.
“We are absolutely devastated by this news,” John Black, the college’s interim president, said late Thursday. “There are no words to describe how deeply hurt we are and how terrible we feel for Jmaal’s family.”
Authorities have not released a motive for the slaying, or said how they believe Jmaal was killed.
WMAZ-TV in Macon reported Friday that campus police Chief Shawn Douglas declined to describe the death, but told the station that Keyes’ body has not yet been found.
Douglas told the station that Keyes and Rolison apparently knew each other as classmates, but that their relationship beyond that was unclear.
About 20 people from Keyes’ Austell church went to Cochran on Wednesday to help with the search for the missing 19-year-old. Destiny World Church had also posted a $3,000 reward for information leading the the teen’s safe return.
A press conference was scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at the church.