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Posted: Friday, February 7, 2014 6:31 pm | Updated: 7:56 pm, Sat Feb 8, 2014.

A week after Waynesboro reserve police captain Kevin Quick disappeared, the case has officially been labeled a death investigation. Quick, 45, left his Rockfish home to visit his four-month-old child and her mother late on Jan. 31. His silver 1999 Toyota 4Runner was located Monday in the 3600 block of Cedar Hill Road in Mineral, Virginia. Police discovered a body during their search on Thursday, but Virginia State Police Public Relations Director Corinne Geller said it still hasn’t been identified as Quick.

“The body was transported last night to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, for an autopsy and positive identification,” Geller said. “That process is still ongoing at this time and we do not have a positive identification on that body.”

Speaking at a press conference Friday afternoon with Waynesboro Police Chief Michael Wilhelm, Geller said the investigation switched due to several factors. That includes the time which has transpired since Quick’s disappearance, the fact his vehicle was found abandoned and the fact that a week later, his whereabouts have not been established.

In that ongoing investigation, three new suspects were taken into custody early Friday morning outside a hotel in Prince William County. Geller confirmed Friday afternoon that 22-year-old Danville resident Halisi Uhuru, also known as “Gert Wright,” was charged, along with 31-year-old Anthony Darnell Stokes Jr and 39-year-old Leslie Hope Casterlow, both of Manassas.

Geller was quick to point out that none of the three have been charged with Quick’s murder. Instead, each face one felony count of “principal in the second degree to the crime of murder.” That means police believe they have some connection to Quick’s death, but are not charging them with the actual homicide at this time.

All three also face one felony count of gang participation, but Geller said there were few details State Police could provide on that.

“Right now all we can say is that the three individuals we picked up last night do have an affiliation with a criminal street gang,” Geller said, telling members of the press that law enforcement would not be identifying the gang in question.

Uhuru, Casterlow and Stokes are all being held at the Henrico County Jail, with a scheduled court date of Feb. 10.

Geller also said that officials were looking into any possible ties between the gang these three suspects belonged to and the two siblings charged with stealing Quick’s vehicle earlier in the week. Mersadies Shelton, 20, and Daniel Shelton Mathis, 18, were both arrested at a hotel in the city of Alexandria Tuesday night and charged with possession of stolen property, as well as grand larceny.

“We’re still piecing together the network of individuals and what role, what association they may have had,” Geller said.

Geller also pointed out that a third Shelton sibling, Shantai, was also taken into custody Tuesday night but as of now, has not been charged with any crime related to Quick’s death. Geller said that Shantai Shelton was arrested only because she had an outstanding arrest warrant from the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office. Shantai lives at the same address as her two siblings.

Geller said that additional charges are pending in the case and there may be additional arrests as well.

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