WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) — Investigators searching for a reserve Virginia police officer missing for several days have arrested three siblings in connection with their probe, state police said Wednesday.
The suspects were arrested in Alexandria on Tuesday night and charged with the theft of Kevin Wayne Quick's vehicle, state police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said at a news conference in Charlottesville. The third sibling was arrested on a charged unrelated to Quick's disappearance, she said.
Police said Mersadies Shelton, 20, and Daniel Mathis, 18, were charged with grand larceny related to the theft of Quick's 1999 Toyota 4Runner. Shantai M. Shelton, 24, was also taken into custody on an outstanding arrest warrant. All three were held without bail at the Central Virginia Regional Jail, which wasn't able to provide information on whether the three had lawyers.
Quick, 45, is a 24-year veteran of the Waynesboro Police Department's reserve police force. The city of about 21,000 is located in the Shenandoah Valley about 20 miles west of Charlottesville.
Geller said police have received about 100 tips since Quick was reported missing on Saturday. The investigation has made significant progress, she said.
A reward leading to the discovery of Quick has increased to $30,000.
Quick left his mother's residence in Afton late Friday to visit his girlfriend about 20 miles away, but he never made it. His SUV was found Monday in Mineral.
Geller said Quick's vehicle was captured by surveillance cameras at bank ATM machines in Fork Union on Friday night and in Manassas on Saturday night.
Court affidavits filed in connection with Quick's disappearance listed the investigation as an abduction.
Sgt. Brian Edwards, a spokesman for the Waynesboro Police Department, said Quick had amassed 2,000 hours on the volunteer force since he joined it in 1990.
"Kevin has immense street credibility," Edwards said in an interview. "He is very even-keeled and well-liked among his peers and his regular officers."
Reserve officers undergo training similar to the 44 sworn officers on the Waynesboro force, Edwards said. They wear the same uniforms as full-time officers, have limited arrest powers and carry a firearm.
"We really rely on them to supplement our full-time force," Edwards said.
Quick's father, who had been chief of the reserve force, died last year, Edwards said.
Edwards said Quick had recently been laid off from his job as a production supervisor and had found work as a painter.
A severance package Quick received "has not been accounted for," media reports said of the court documents.
The reward is primarily from the business community, but also includes anonymous donors.