CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WCAV) -- The buzz began Thursday afternoon that Kevin Quick's body had been found. It didn't take long for the news to travel back to Waynesboro, where Quick volunteered as a police reservist.
"[My] first response was relief for the family as far as not knowing -- at the same time it was anger, that if these three people are connected with it, then it was pretty much senseless," said Rodney Soulsby, owner of New Age Auto in Waynesboro.
Soulsby got the ball rolling on a reward fund that, thanks to local businesses and individual donors, has grown to more than $40,000 for information leading to Quick's whereabouts.
"We were just hoping for some fluke to where he was either held captive somewhere or just injured and couldn't get anywhere from where he was at. Anything on a positive note," he said.
Nelson County Sheriff David Brooks confirmed Thursday afternoon to our media partners at Blue Ridge Life Magazine that a body found in Goochland County is that of Quick.
"Anyone that has ever met Kevin will be deeply saddened to hear the news," said Quick's former coworker Chris Harris.
The two worked together at Invisita. Harris is one of many people who pitched in to help grow the reward fund.
"To get Kevin home safely, I would have given every penny I own. Money and possessions mean nothing compared to someone like him," said Harris. "Kevin was as fine a gentleman as anyone could be. It's a tragedy that he was taken from his family like this -- a true, real tragedy."
His death, being felt by the entire community.
"Unfortunately, Kevin's disappearance was the third in this area in the last several years," said Soulsby. "People in this area know the person who lives the next street over or five streets away or five miles down the street. They all know one another, and when something happens, they take it personal because it's their own community and their own area."
Police have not confirmed many details about the body found in Goochland. When more information becomes available about how Quick was located, we should know whether or not the reward fund is awarded because of a tip.
A press conference is scheduled for Friday.