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Hawkinsville teen charged in missing student's murder

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Jmaal Keyes Jmaal Keyes
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AUSTELL, GA (CBS46) -

Investigators discovered new evidence after searching Cabero Road in Pulaski County Friday night. 

Middle Georgia State College Police said a missing college student from Austell is dead. They announced murder charges against another student late Thursday, despite a body not being found.

Robert Kane Rolison, 17, is charged with murder in the death of Jmaal Keyes, 19. Keyes, a freshman, was last seen April 25 at Middle Georgia State College in Cochran. Both Rolison and Keyes attended the small school, although police have not said if the two knew each other.

Rolison's family has property on Cabero Road, but the newly discovered evidence was not found on Rolison's property according to GBI. Investigators believe the items found are relavent to the investigation and were turned over to the state crime lab.

Todd Lowery, Special Agent in Charge of the GBI Eastman Regional Office, told CBS Atlanta News a body had not been recovered, but they were following various leads. He would not say what lead authorities to charge Rolison with murder without a body. "It is unusual to do that, but not unheard of," he said.

There is nothing to suggest more arrests will be made or anyone else was involved, according to Lowery.

Police have also not commented on a possible motive. In a written release, they said following up on numerous leads helped them make the arrest.

Rolison, from Hawkinsville, is a dual-enrolled high school/college student. He was booked into the Bleckley County Jail.

John Black, MGSC Interim President, released the following statement:

"We are absolutely devastated by this news. There just are no words to describe how deeply hurt we are and how terrible we feel for Jmaal's family. I wish to convey my heartfelt condolences to everyone in his family, and everyone who knew Jmaal. We ask everyone in the Middle Georgia community to keep this family in their thoughts and prayers in the days and weeks to come. We will cooperate in every way to help law enforcement authorities complete their investigation."

The arrest Rolison for the murder of Keyes is not the outcome members of Destiny World Church have prayed all week.

That major development is the last thing this Senior Pastor Wilbur Purvis anticipated.

"Very shocking," Purvis said. "We were very hopeful and optimistic that we would get better news."

Purvis was with the family when authorities called with the awful news.

He told CBS Atlanta Friday Jmaal's mother immediately turned to her faith instead of hatred.

"She was very adamant when she spoke with her children about not being bitter not being angry and excepting this as something that has occurred and believing her faith in God will get her through this moment," Purvis said.

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