Police on Monday put out a plea for help in finding an elderly man whose car was found being driven by someone else several states away.
Joseph Devivo, 87, was last seen Thursday night after a caregiver dropped him off at his home off Route 209 in Stroud Twp., Monroe Co., authorities said.
Devivo's family reported him missing on Saturday, police said. Hours later, they said his 2012 Chevrolet Malibu was found in the Charlotte/Mecklenberg area of North Carolina.
Officers located the driver of the car, who had some of Devivo's belongings on him, said Cpl. Kenneth Nevil, Stroud Area Regional Police Dept., but police have not established any further connection between the two men.
The man, whose name is not being released, has been taken into custody.
Police said their search of Devivo's home turned up no information that would indicate his whereabouts.
Now, while investigators talk to that man friends and family of 87 year old Joseph DeVivo are trying to stay positive.
"We don't know exactly where he went who he might have gone with" said Joseph DeVivo son of the missing man.
"There was an individual taken into custody that was operating that vehicle and the homicide investigators in Charlotte Mecklenburg are talking with him," said Lt. Brian Kimmins with the Stroud Area Regional Police.
The last time anyone saw DeVivo was Thursday.
He went out to eat at a local diner and was dropped off at home by a caretaker.
Hours after DeVivo was reported missing and his car found, police and search crews combed the area looking for him.
Missing posters now hang all over town.
"We are shocked and heartbroken we are just so worried about him where he is," said neighbor Diana Lamendola.
Devivo's family is waiting by the phone hoping the man in custody will help police to return DeVivo home safe and sound.
A birthday card DeVivo mailed to one of his granddaughters last week is also waiting.
"We haven't opened that card we've held onto it in the hopes that when the family is reunited he'd be able to hand deliver it to my daughter," said DeVivo. "You can't give up hope you have to keep hoping that the story is going to have a happy ending."
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Stroud Area Regional Police.
Northeast Search and Rescue members conducted a door-to-door search in the area of Devivo's home, but that has also yielded no clues to his disappearance, police said.
Devivo is described by police as being a white man standing 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighing 140 pounds. He has green eyes and gray hair.