Body found in rural Virginia is that of missing police reserve officer

A body found in a rural area of Virginia on Thursday has been identified as that of a missing reserve police officer, according to Virginia State Police.

Relatives of Capt. Kevin Wayne Quick, 45, of Rockfish, Va., were notified Friday night, state police said. Spokeswoman Corinne Geller declined to release information on how Quick died. Five people are in custody in connection with the case, police have said, and the investigation is continuing.

Quick worked with the Waynesboro Police Department. His body was found shortly before noon Thursday in Goochland County, about halfway between Richmond and Charlottesville, in a search along Old Columbia Road.

On Friday, state police said the three latest suspects had each been charged with a felony count of gang participation, in addition to what an earlier police statement called a charge of “principle in second degree to the crime of murder.”

“This means these individuals are not being charged with Quick’s homicide but in association with his death,” the police statement said. The three latest suspects were arrested Thursday night outside a hotel in Prince William County. Authorities identified them as 22-year-old Gert Wright of Danville, also known as Halisi Uhuru; 49-year-old Leslie Hope Casterlow of Manassas; and 31-year-old Anthony D. Stokes Jr. of Manassas.

On Tuesday night, police arrested Albemarle County siblings at an Alexandria hotel and charged them with grand larceny for the theft of Quick’s silver 1999 Toyota 4Runner. They were identified as Mersadies Shelton, 20, and Daniel Mathis, 18.

Police found the abandoned SUV Monday at a residence in Mineral, Va. Quick was last seen Jan. 31, leaving his mother’s house in Afton about 10:15 p.m. He had been expected to visit his girlfriend about 20 miles away.

He never made it and was reported missing Saturday. He was last seen wearing a tan Columbia pullover, blue jeans and tennis shoes.

Sgt. Brian Edwards, a spokesman for the Waynesboro Police Department, said Quick had recently been laid off from his job as a production supervisor and was working as a painter.

Quick was a 24-year member of the Waynesboro Police Department’s reserve police force. Waynesboro, pop. 21,000, is located in the Shenandoah Valley, about 20 miles west of Charlottesville.

Clarence Williams contributed to this report.

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Dana Hedgpeth is the Washington Post’s lead reporter in covering the Metro rail and bus systems in the D.C. region and the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) that runs them.
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