SAN JOSE, Calif. (KTVU) - A body has been found in the case of 28-year-old homicide victim Kyle Myrick who had been missing since last Friday. San Jose Police Department issued a statement Thursday evening saying homicide detectives received information as to the whereabouts of Myrick's body.
Upon a follow-up investigation, they concluded the body may have been disposed of in the Jameson Creek Road area in Santa Cruz County.
Detectives and crime-scene investigators searched the area around 4 p.m. when the body was located.
Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office was notified and they responded to assist. The Medical Examiner from Santa Clara Coroner's Office confirmed that the body was that of the victim.
After hearing the news, Myrick's stepfather posted the following statement on facebook: "The police found our son today. We are extremely sad, but knowing he is no longer lost is a great comfort. Kyle is in a good place now. We have received an overwhelming amount of love and help this week and it kept us going. We can't thank you all enough or express what it means to Kelly and I."
Friends and relatives also gathered outside the motorcycle shop in San Jose where Myrick worked on Thursday night for an impromptu vigil.
Dozens of mourners lit candles and revved the engines on their motorcycles to remember Myrick, who was a motorcycle enthusiast himseld.
Myrick's 39-year-old co-worker, Steve Hlebo, is jailed in connection to the victim's death and made his first court appearance on Wednesday after some new gruesome details were revealed that led police to believe that Hlebo was the suspect.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Paul Hamblin or Detective Jason Tanner of the San Jose Police Department's Homicide Unit at 408-277-5283.
Persons wishing to remain anonymous may either call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line, (408) 947-STOP (7867), or click the "Submit a Tip" link below. Persons providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect may be eligible for a cash reward from the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers.