The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Friday the positive identification was obtained through DNA testing with Jmaal Malik Keyes’ parents. The remains were found last week in an area where a building burned around the time the 19-year-old was last seen.
The site where the remains were found is near the home of a 17-year-old who faces a murder charge in Keyes’ death. The teen was being held Friday in the Pulaski County jail, and a bond hearing had not been set.
The suspect was “dual-enrolled” at his high school and Middle Georgia State College, where Keyes was a freshman. The Associated Press generally doesn’t identify juveniles charged with crimes.