State police said a body found Thursday in thick woods along the boundary of Fluvanna and Goochland counties was being transported to a medical examiner, the latest turn in a frantic search for a Waynesboro reserve police captain.
The late-morning discovery sent authorities swarming to Old Columbia Road in Goochland a few hours after a judge denied bond to two siblings charged with grand larceny in the theft of a 1999 Toyota 4Runner owned by Kevin Wayne Quick, 45. He left his mother’s Afton home in the 4Runner late last Friday bound for his girlfriend’s apartment in Albemarle County, but never made it there, police said.
As investigators readied to pick up the search Thursday morning in Louisa County, where Quick’s vehicle was found Monday, Mersaidies Shelton, 20, and Daniel Mathis, 18, made their first court appearance. Authorities arrested those two late Tuesday at an Alexandria hotel along with a third sibling, Shantai M. Shelton, 24, who is charged in a separate case. She also was denied bond.
Search warrant affidavits describe Quick’s case as an abduction. Affidavits obtained Thursday shed new light on the events following his departure from Afton at 10:15 p.m. Jan. 31.
One of the records states that Quick’s bank account was accessed at 11:40 p.m. at an ATM in Fork Union on the day of his disappearance and again late Saturday at an ATM in Manassas. He texted his girlfriend twice after leaving the Afton home friends said he shares with his mother, but his phone was turned off at 10:54 p.m., roughly 45 minutes before his account was accessed, according to court records.
Still footage obtained from both ATMs showed an unidentified male driving Quick’s 4Runner with a hooded sweatshirt and bandana covering his face, according to an affidavit. A second male was seen wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt that partly obscured his face.
Police tracked the 4Runner down Monday along a country road in Mineral, where a man awoke to discover the vehicle parked in his carport and then called authorities. Investigators searching the 4Runner found three gloves, nine rubber gloves, cell phone cases, a map, a wallet and an empty cigarette box ‘with a green leafy substance’ along with fingerprints and fibers, among other items, according to a search inventory.
Mathis is accused of four felonies – including robbery and firearms charges – and three misdemeanors in a Sunday night shooting at a Louisa County home in the 700 block of Mica Road, roughly five miles away from the spot where Quick’s 4Runner was found.
A teenage boy was shot in the buttocks and his girlfriend was pistol-whipped, according to a woman who answered the door at the Mica Road home Wednesday. The boy was shot through a closed door at the home, the woman said. The boy noticed the 4Runner on Sunday, police said.
State police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said in a Thursday morning news release that investigators had been flooded with tips over the previous 24 hours, as word of the siblings’ arrests hit the news and a reward offered by Waynesboro merchants and others swelled to $40,000.
Those new leads initially had authorities headed back to Louisa County, but their attention abruptly shifted to a narrow, winding road in Goochland, just inside the Fluvanna County line. Investigators staged at Rising Mount Zion Baptist Church, with its white steeple standing against a densely wooded backdrop.
A large, black state police mobile command unit sat parked Thursday evening in the church lot a short distance from a roadblock set up at the intersection of Old Columbia and Lowry roads, where Mike Thurston and his family have lived for more than 100 years.
“I saw flashing lights and I thought, what’s going on?” Thurston said. “Not too much goes on here. We’re kind of in the sticks, you know?”
Known as a dedicated police reservist for the 24 years and more than 2,000 hours he’s logged on the force, Quick worked for 18 years, most recently as a supervisor, before being laid off several weeks ago at Invista, a Waynesboro fibers plant. He received a severance valued at an undisclosed amount that authorities earlier this week had yet to account for, according to court records.
His disappearance sparked a massive outpouring in Waynesboro and a search covering a wide swath of Central and Northern Virginia. On Wednesday, that carried investigators to Fluvanna County, where they spent the day canvassing the area as preparations were made to announce the siblings’ arrests a night earlier.
State police said the trio lived together in the 2600 block of Barracks Road West in Albemarle County, just over a mile from the Turtle Creek Condominiums complex where Quick’s girlfriend, Yadira Weaver resides with their 4-month-old daughter, according to police.
No one answered the door at Weaver’s apartment Thursday, and she declined to comment a day earlier. People at the apartment complex where police said the siblings lived also declined to comment.
The three suspects appeared in court wearing orange jumpsuits from the Central Virginia Regional Jail, where they are being held. A judge cited public safety concerns in denying bond.
While police said the siblings lived together in Albemarle, warrants list different addresses for two of them. Mathis’ address is listed in the 900 block of Thessalonia Road in Bremo Bluff, five miles from Fork Union, and Shantai Shelton’s is listed in the 1700 block of Gardners Road in Mineral.
Police have said that more charges in Quick case could be coming.
The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office charged Mathis with robbery, unlawful shooting, use of a firearm to commit a robbery and malicious wounding, all felonies; and brandishing a firearm, recklessly handling a firearm and carrying a concealed weapon, all misdemeanors.
State police charged both Mathis and Mersadies Shelton with felony grand larceny.
In the separate case, Louisa County sheriffs charged Shantai Shelton with selling stolen property and obtaining money by false pretense, both misdemeanors.
Preliminary hearings for the siblings are scheduled for March 18.
Staff writers K. Burnell Evans and Bryan McKenzie contributed to this story.