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Video: GBI joins search for missing college student

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Updated: 5/07/2013 11:41 am
AUSTELL, Ga. -- The Georgia Bureau of Investigation tells Channel 2 Action News they have joined the search for a missing college student.

Jmaal Malik Keyes, 19, was reported missing nearly two weeks ago. He is a freshman at Middle Georgia State College.

Channel 2's Diana Davis talked to Keyes' sister Monday.

Jalisa Keyes told Davis just before he disappeared, Jmaal was in the Atlanta area for his mother's birthday and everything seemed fine.

"He was the Jmaal that I know. There wasn't anything to lead me to any questions about him at all," Jalisa Keyes said.

She drove him back to the campus of Middle Georgia State College and a few days later, on April 25, Jalisa said her brother disappeared without a trace.

"We called and called his cell phone. There was no answer, it went right to his voicemail each time," Jalisa Keyes said.

She says her mother was the last family member to talk to Jamal on Wednesday April 24.

"When he did not answer our call on Sunday we began to worry. So we went down here on the 29th, Monday, to see if everything was OK," Keyes said.

Jalisa Keyes said her brother's dorm room was undisturbed. She said her brother did not have a car or credit cards.

Middle Georgia College police confirmed to Davis, Jmaal Keyes has no history of behavior or mental health problems.

Now his Austell church is banding together to help.

Church members told Davis they'll go to Cochran Ga., where Middle Georgia State College is located, Tuesday to hand out fliers.

Church member and family friend Ricky Mims is helping to organize church members.

"We talked with the police down there and they are going to assist us. We've even talked to a couple of churches in the area and they're going to come and assist also," Mims said.

Campus police and the Bleckley County Sheriff's Office has called in the GBI to help with the investigation.

If Keyes left on his own, his friends and family said they just want him to get in touch.

"I'm just praying and hoping that everything is fine. That this is just a misunderstanding," Jalisa Keyes told Davis.

"If you are out there Jimmy, if you would just pick up the phone and let us know where you are, everything is forgiven. If there something you are going through it can be fixed," Mims said.

Keyes' Austell church, the Destiny World Church, has put up a $3,000 reward for information leading to his safe return.

If you have any information about Keyes' whereabouts, you are asked to call Middle Georgia campus police at 478-471-2414.

You can also call Destiny World Church at 770-739-4738.

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