2 men charged in homicides of missing Pennsylvania men

Pauline Gross
July 15, 2017

The son of the property's owners was arrested earlier Wednesday on charges he tried to sell the stolen vehicle of one of the missing men and is being held on $5 million bond.

Thursday, Cosmo DiNardo, 20, confessed to the commission of or participation in four murders and agreed to plead guilty to four first-degree murder counts, attorney Paul Lange said outside court, where DiNardo had met with investigators.

Dinardo had been arrested Monday on a charge of possession of a firearm, an offense dating to February unrelated to the missing men, Weintraub said.

DiNardo, 20, who authorities say has a history of mental illness, was arrested Wednesday. For that, he was held on a $5 million cash bail.

DiNardo faces four criminal homicide counts and Kratz three.

Foul play is suspected in the disappearance of four young Pennsylvania men last week in a case authorities say has a "mind-boggling" scope.

Cosmo DiNardo, 20, lives with his family on the farmland in Solebury, Pennsylvania, where human remains were discovered in a 12.5ft-deep grave. The attorney said DiNardo confessed in exchange for prosecutors agreeing to drop the death penalty at trial. The remains were discovered on DiNardo's parents' farm, and he had recently tried to sell a auto belonging to one of the missing men.

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His victims, all of whom are residents of Bucks County, mysteriously disappeared last week.

Officials were able to identify one of the victims as 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro - who vanished last week along with Mark Sturgis, 22, Tom Meo, 21, and Jimi Tar Patrick, 19.

"I'm sorry", said DiNardo (r.) as he was led out of the Bucks County Justice Center in handcuffs and an orange jumpsuit.

"I can tell you on multiple different occasions, on multiple different accounts, from multiple different people, including myself - Cosmo has spoken about weird things like killing people and having people killed", Beitz, of Bensalem, told Philly.com. Cadaver dogs had led them to the spot on the 90-acre farm where the Federal Bureau of Investigation has spent days digging up the grave and sifting through the dirt for evidence. Remains of all four men were found at a farm owned by DiNardo's family.

Finocchiaro, Meo and Sturgis all knew each other, the AP reported, and news outlets have reported that cars belonging to two of the men have been located.

Meo's 1996 Nissan Maxima, with the title inside, was found Sunday around 4 a.m. ET, on a nearby property owned by the Dinardos, Weintraub said in a news release. Dinardo said he picked up Patrick at Patrick's home in Newtown on July 5 and drove him to the Dinardo property at 6071 Lower York Road in Solebury, the affidavit says.

During an earlier press conference, the Bucks County district attorneysaid evidence has been recovered from the property.

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