Investigators said Friday they have charged three more people in connection with the disappearance of a missing reserve police officer from a small town in Virginia, bringing the total number of suspects in the case to five.

The move came as police said they are working to determine if remains found in a rural part of Virginia on Thursday are those of Capt. Kevin Quick, 45, of Rockfish, Va., who has been missing for almost a week. Shortly before noon Thursday, police found a body in a remote area in Goochland County, about halfway between Richmond and Charlottesville, in a search along Old Columbia Road.

In a news conference Friday afternoon, Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said the body has not been positively identified yet, but authorities have transitioned to a death investigation stemming from Quick’s disappearance.

In a news release Friday evening, Virginia State Police said the three latest suspects have been each 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.

Kevin Quick (AP Photo/Virginia State Police)

The three latest suspects were arrested Thursday night outside a hotel in Prince William County, Geller told reporters. 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. Mersadies Shelton, 20, and Daniel Mathis, 18, were charged with grand larceny for the theft of Quick’s silver 1999 Toyota 4Runner.

Police found the abandoned SUV Monday at a residence in Mineral, Va.

“We’re still piecing together this network of individuals,” Geller said of the five suspects.

Quick was last seen on Jan. 31, leaving his mother’s house in Afton around 10:15 p.m. He was expected to visit his girlfriend about 20 miles away.

But 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 and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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