(WMAZ) -- Human remains found at a Hawkinsville site last week have been confirmed by DNA tests as Jmaal Keyes, the Middle Georgia State College student that went missing April 25.
That's according to a GBI news release.
Keyes' biological parents provided a DNA sample to authorities who matched it to remains found near the home of 17-year-old Robert Kane Rolison.
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Rolison has been charged in Keyes' murder and is in custody at the Pulaski County jail.
MGSC interim president John Black released a statement Friday morning, calling the DNA test results "a tragic end" to the search for "one of our own."
He said, "The Middle Georgia State family is heartsick that what began as a missing person case did not end with Jmaal returning alive and well to his family and friends."
The murder charge against Rolison was initially made in Bleckley County where Keyes attended college, but those were dropped because the remains were found in Pulaski County.
No date has been set for Rolison's bond hearing.
An Atlanta area resident, Keyes went missing from the campus of Middle Georgia State College in Cochran, sparking a wide search.
Last week, Rolinson, a dual-enrollment high school student attending classes on campus, was charged with killing him.
Investigators have not revealed how they think Keyes died or why, and have not described the relationship between the two students.