HAWKINSVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Georgia Forestry Commission could have a full report on the cabin fire on Nick Cabero Road as early as this week.
On Friday, authorities searching for the body of a missing Middle Georgia State College student found new evidence in the burned debris. Investigators are now working to determine if the cabin and the case are linked. The evidence has been sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation state crime lab for testing.
The Georgia Forestry Commission responded to a call on the road around 6 p.m. on April 25, the same day Jmaal Keyes went missing. Wendy Burnett, the Georgia Forestry Commission's public relations officer, said that officers responded to a call in relation to a forest fire and when they arrived, a cabin in the woods was burning. According to Burnett, the large blaze burned the home and 27 acres surrounding the area. They are now working to determine where it started and what caused the flames. Burnett said the full report should be ready by Friday.
Keyes, 19, was last seen leaving the MGSC Cochran campus. Since his disappearance, law enforcement agencies have searched the waters of the Ocmulgee River in both Bleckley County and Pulaski counties, by air in the Georgia State Patrol Patrol aviation unit and in the area near the burned home off of Nick Cabero Road. The cabin tucked away in a densely wooded area in Pulaski County is just miles away from the home of Robert Rolison, a fellow student charged in Keyes' murder.
Timothy Vaughn, Oconee Judicial Circuit District Attorney said Rolison had his first court appearance this Sunday. He was denied bond.
Keyes body has not been recovered.