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Body found in SC is missing elderly man from Pa.

Police: Man driving victim's car told them where to find body

Body found in SC ID'd as Monroe County man

LANCASTER COUNTY, S.C. - State police investigators are searching the home of a missing Pennsylvania man who was found dead in South Carolina earlier this week.

Joseph DeVivo was last seen Feb. 23 after a caregiver dropped him off at his home off Route 209 in Stroud Twp., Monroe Co.

Two days later, DeVivo's car was found in the Charlotte/Mecklenberg area of North Carolina.

Rico M. Herbert was arrested that day, driving DeVivo's car. Herbert also had DeVivo's wallet, police said. 

The car was located using OnStar tracking technology, police said, and Herbert led police on a brief chase before police stopped him.

Lancaster County, S.C., police said Herbert told them this week where to find the body, which was located in a wooded area on Monday.

Police in Pennsylvania believe DeVivo, 87, was killed in Monroe County and transported to South Carolina.

Police in Monroe County said there could be another arrest in the case.

They told 69 News that a second person put Herbert in contact with DeVivo for a 'predatory purpose,' the other person allegedly knowing DeVivo's financial situation. It's unclear if the three were ever together.

Herbert is being held in North Carolina on receiving stolen property charges but is expected to be returned to Pennsylvania to face charges in connection with Devivo's death.

Police said Herbert lives in Stroud Township, and when or if homicide charges are filed against Herbert, he would be extradited to Pennsylvania.

The victim's son, Joseph DeVivo Jr., said Wednesday he was worried it would take a while to find his father.

"I'm relieved they found him at all," DeVivo said. "I pretty much knew it wasn't going to have a happy ending."

An autopsy to determine how DeVivo died was conducted Wednesday, but results won't be available for a few days, the family said.

The family released the following statement Wednesday:

"Words cannot describe what we are feeling and experiencing today. We are heartbroken to learn that our father and grandfather, Joseph DeVivo, is no longer with us. Our only comfort is that he is now in Heaven with our mother.

We will be eternally grateful to the efforts of all the law enforcement agencies who worked around the clock to find him: Stroud Regional Police, Pennsylvania State Police, police and sheriffs' offices in North and South Carolina, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

We are confident they will identify and bring to justice everyone responsible for the death of our beloved father and grandfather. No one deserves what he had to experience. No family should ever have to go through what we have gone through during the past three weeks.

Our father and grandfather was a good guy. He loved his family, and loved teaching young people. After teaching elementary school students for 31 years, he was simply enjoying retirement before becoming the victim of an unspeakable crime.

Please keep our family in your prayers, and keep the families of all missing persons in your prayers."

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