GBI: Evidence Found in Search for Missing Student

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Associated Press Release

COCHRAN, Ga. (AP) -- Authorities searching for a missing Middle Georgia State College student say they have found evidence near the home of a teenage suspect charged with his murder.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Sherry Lang said Saturday investigators found the evidence near the road where the suspect lives in Hawkinsville. She would not describe the evidence, but said authorities believe it is "relevant to the investigation."

Police are still searching for the body of 19-year-old college freshman Jmaal Malik Keyes of Austell, who was last seen on the Cochran campus April 25.

Police say the teen suspect arrested Thursday has been charged as an adult with Keyes' murder. They have not said why they believe Keyes was slain. The suspect had dual enrollment at a high school and at the college.

Associated Press Release

COCHRAN, Ga. (AP) -- Family and friends of a Georgia college student missing for nearly two weeks passed out flyers on his college campus in hopes of finding information about his whereabouts.

Campus police have said 19-year-old Jmaal Keyes was last seen April 25 on the campus of Middle Georgia State University in Cochran. His family reported him missing a few days later. Keyes, a college freshman, is from Austell.

Keyes' family has said he had no car or credit cards. Investigators told CBS Atlanta that the phone company disconnected Keyes' cell phone the day he disappeared, but they didn't say why.

Various law enforcement agencies are involved in the search for Keyes, including the campus, police the Bleckley County Sheriff's Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.