DA to give update in Cosmo DiNardo missing men case

Ivan Schwartz
July 15, 2017

The case of four missing men in Bucks County has turned into a murder investigation.

Two cousins have been charged with murder in the shooting deaths of four young men from Bucks County, Pa. - as prosecutors detailed Friday how each man was killed in a drug deal gone bad.

Investigators now know one fact concerning four missing men from bucks county, they had the misfortune of crossing paths with 20 year old, Cosmo DiNardo from Bensalem, it would lead to their violent deaths on a farm in Solebury Township, a property owned by DiNardo's parents.

At the press conference Friday, he said that three of the bodies were located underneath an old oil tanker that had been converted into a "cooker" of some sort.

The two then placed Finnochario's body in a metal tank DiNardo referred to as a "pig roaster". He said locating Patrick's body on the 80-acre property independently would have been very hard.

At a press conference early Thursday morning, shortly after midnight, Weintraub addressed DiNardo, saying, "I feel that we bought ourselves a little bit of time in charging Mr. DiNardo with the stolen auto case today and getting that 5 million dollar bail". News crews gathered Thursday morning at the Bucks County Courthouse in Doylestown in anticipation of a reported appearance by Mr. DiNardo's parents before a grand jury on Thursday, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

The bodies of the slain men are being held in a secure place, Weintraub said.

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DiNardo, 20, agreed to plead guilty to four first-degree murder counts, attorney Paul Lang said outside court, where DiNardo had met with investigators. Dinardo and Kratz returned to the property the next afternoon and used the backhoe to dig a hole and bury Finocchiaro, Meo and Sturgis, the complaint says.

The suspect's troubled past included a history of mental illness and his expulsion from college after a single semester. Patrick, who was a year behind DiNardo at a Roman Catholic high school for boys, was last seen on July 5; the other three disappeared on Friday.

22-year-old Mark Sturgis, 21 year old Thomas Meo, and 19 year old Jim Patrick. DiNardo and Kratz picked Finocchiaro up, but then changed their minds about selling him the drugs and instead plotted to rob him.

Weintraub said the victims' families were holding up "remarkably well".

He said police are determined to "bring each and every one of these lost boys home to their families, one way or another".

"They're tenderly, painstakingly, reverentially recovering the remains of people they do not even know", Weintraub said.

Patrick was murdered first on July 5, after DiNardo promised to sell him four pounds of weed for $8,000.

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