Police in North Carolina have found the car of a man from Monroe County who was reported missing over the weekend.
Authorities said Joseph Devivo, 87, of Stroud Township, was last seen Thursday night at his home. He was reported missing Saturday.
Police said Devivo’s car was found in North Carolina and the man who was driving it had some of Devivo’s belongings. That man was taken into custody.
“We’re learning a lot about Mr. Devivo,” says Lt. Brian Kimmins of the Stroud Area Regional Police. “There’s no connection between him and this individual or North Carolina. It’s a mystery.”
Neighbors of Devivo near Stroudsburg are concerned and are keeping a closer eye on each other.
“He was a nice guy,” said Jason Blaney of Stroud Township. “On Veterans Day he would show me he medals. He would talk about what he did in the Army.”
“It’s very strange,” adds Ray Colananni. “It’s put us all on alert. I’ve got a three-year-old grandson. You let him out? It’s not like it was.”
Neighbor Sherri Hakes-Blaney agreed, saying, “Not knowing any details at all makes it difficult to understand what happens, which obviously makes all of us feel like we’re a target.”
The Northeast Search and Rescue Team has posted fliers about Devivo around the Stroud Township area. One flyer is posted at Triplets Family Diner, where Devivo was a frequent customer.
“He was a very nice man,” said employee Michelle Harrison. “He would come in two to three times a week for breakfast. Always quiet, always polite.”
Anyone with information about Devivo’s whereabouts is asked to call Stroud Area Regional Police at 570-421-6800.