Worst fears become reality for a family in our area.
An elderly man gone missing from Monroe County has been found dead in South Carolina.
A suspect is in custody and officials say more arrests could follow.
Investigators say someone may have helped Rico Herbert prey on Joseph Devivo.
"We believe that there is a person that had knowledge of Mr. Devivo and maybe his financial situation and supplied that information to Mr. Herbert," said Captain William Parrish with Stroud Area Regional Police.
Investigators aren't saying who gave Rico Herbert, 31, that information but police say Herbert is a predator.
February 23rd was the last time anyone saw Devivo, 87, alive.
Two days later, using On-star tracking, Herbert was found driving Devivo's car in North Carolina.
Investigators say after a high speed chase Herbert was arrested and sat in a jail cell for three weeks, refusing to reveal where the retired school teacher was.
Monday, investigators say Herbert came clean and led police to Devivo's body in South Carolina not far from Herbert's grandmother's house.
Flowers now rest outside Devivo's home. Inside, forensic services technicians scour for evidence.
Investigators say they believe Devivo was killed in Pennsylvania and dumped in South Carolina.
The news of what happened to Devivo has rocked his quiet neighborhood.
"Why would somebody take Joe? He was such a nice person who would have something against him," asked neighbor Scott Schwartz.
That's exactly what police are trying to figure out.
"I still think Mr. Herbert is playing some angles," said Cpt. Parrish.
The Devivo family says they are heartbroken by what's happened.
They released this statement to 69 News: "Our father and grandfather was a good guy. He loved his family, and loved teaching young people."
If Herbert is charged with Devivo's death he is expected to be extradited back to Pennsylvania.
Again, police say more arrests could follow.
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- Western New Jersey 69 News