19-Year-Old MGSC Student Still Missing | Schools
by Chris Horne, 13WMAZ.com
- Jmaal Malik Keyes, 19, went missing April 25.
- He was last seen on the MGSC-Cochran campus wearing a yellow and white shirt, black jeans, and black and white shoes.
- He stands 5'4" and weighs about 210 lbs. He has brown eyes and black hair.
Everything seemed normal when Jmaal Malik Keyes had breakfast with his roommate on April 25. There were no red flags. No signs of distress.
But later that day, he walked out of the dorm they shared at Middle Georgia State College's campus in Cochran and hasn't been seen or heard from since.
He left all his belongings behind.
Shawn Douglas, MGSC Chief of Police, says the video of Keyes leaving his room is the last anyone has seen of him.
More than a week later, Douglas says they've followed up on phone tips and leads from Facebook. They've knocked on doors in the neighborhood around the campus. They've posted flyers. Agencies nationwide are on the lookout for him.
Still no one can find Keyes. He hasn't called any friends or family. His girlfriend hasn't seen him. His instructors don't know where he is.
Authorities around the Atlanta area, where he's from, are trying to find him too.
His family says he has never done something like this. He has no history of mental illness, no known health issues.
And he has no car.
That's one of the reasons Douglas says school officials are so concerned. It's hard to get far from Cochran on foot.
"We have had some students, especially around finals, go stay with friends for a couple days, but they come back," he says. "It never goes this long."
His family was concerned after he'd gone a couple days without calling home. So they asked the campus police to do a welfare check. That's how the search began.
Douglas says they've even asked the GBI to get involved, to make sure he hasn't missed anything.
"We have a couple of things we're following up on now, and we hope they pan out," Douglas says.
In the meantime, they're asking for the community's help. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Jmaal Keyes is asked to call Middle Georgia State College Police Department at 478-934-3002.
See the attached flyer and check back with 13WMAZ for updates.