The 1999 silver Toyota 4Runner belonging to a missing Nelson County man was recovered in Louisa County on Monday.
The Virginia State Police said the abandoned vehicle belonging to Kevin W. Quick, 45, was spotted by a Louisa County Sheriff's deputy. Virginia State Police Spokeswoman Corinne Geller said state police investigators were examining the vehicle in hopes of getting further clues about Quick's whereabouts.
Quick, a 23-year veteran and captain with the Waynesboro Police Department's Auxiliary Unit, disappeared Friday night after leaving his mother's Afton home about 10:15 p.m. He was headed to a friend's home at the Turtle Creek Apartments in Albemarle County, a trip of about 20 miles.
He was reported missing by family on Saturday. Geller said investigators are eager to talk to two adult males who may have information about Quick. Photographs of the two males have been obtained by police, and Quick's vehicle appears in the photos.
Geller said the photos place the Toyota 4Runner in Fork Union Friday night, and in Manassas on Saturday. "We are exploring every option to retrace'' what happened, Geller said.
In addition to the Waynesboro Police Department, the state police are being assisted by The Nelson County Sheriff's office, Albemarle County Police Department, Charlottesville Police Department and the FBI, Geller said.
Quick is a white male, standing six-feet-one, and weighing 200 pounds. He has brown hair, hazel eyes and a medium build. He wears contacts or glasses and has a scar above his left eye.
Waynesboro businessman Reo Hatfield, the chief of the Waynesboro Police Auxiliary Unit, describes Quick "as a steadfast, level-headed gentleman." "I've never seen him show any anger or raise his voice,'' Hatfield said.
Hatfield said Quick "has worked his way up the through the ranks'' of the city's reserve police unit to the rank of captain.
His father, Col. Ron Quick, was a member of the axuiliary unit for 30 years until his death last year. Ron Quick rose to the chief of the auxiliary unit. Kevin Quick is the oldest of three brothers.
A statement from the Waynesboro Police Department on Monday said "Kevin and his family are an institution to the police auxiliary unit." And the statement further said "Kevin is not only a beloved son, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, nephew and cousin, but he is a generous and loyal friend to many present here today."
Geller said the Virginia State Police have received several leads and tips that are aiding their investigation. She also said that several local businesses have stepped forward to offer a collective reward of up to $7,000 that leads to finding Quick.
Investigators are asking the public's help. Any person with information about Quick's whereabouts should call the Virginia State Police at #77 on a cell phone or at (434) 352-7128.
While the Waynesboro Police Department is contributing resources to the investigation, the department said "we are not neglecting our responsibility to the citizens of Waynesboro. Presently, there are enough patrol officers, detectives, school resource officers and other staff in the city to ensure prompt and suitable service when requested."