Two arrested, charged with the murders of missing Bucks Co. men

Pauline Gross
July 15, 2017

DiNardo admitted killing the four men who went missing last week and told authorities.

Cosmo DiNardo, the main suspect in a case of four missing men in Pennsylvania, admitted to their murders on Thursday.

However, the district attorney said that only Dinardo has been charged in the death of Jimi Taro Patrick, 19, of Newtown Township, while both will face charges for the deaths of Dean Finocchiaro, 19, of Middletown Township; Thomas Meo, 21, of Plumstead Township; and Mark Sturgis, 22, of Pennsburg, Montgomery County.

Weintraub would still not say what initially tipped authorities off to the DiNardo family's sprawling piece of on Lower York Road and another property owned by the family on the 2800 block of Aquetong Road, where Meo's auto was recovered.

On Wednesday, investigators found three bodies in a common grave under an oil tank on the farm. He placed the bodies in a metal drum and buried it. In exchange for DiNardo's cooperation, Lang said, prosecutors would not seek the death penalty. Lang also said DiNardo is remorseful over the crime.

Authorities have arrested the son of the property owner where the search is underway on an unrelated gun charge, WTXF reported, and are holding him as they try and figure out the relationships among the men.

Authorities say Finocchiaro, Sturgis and Meo went missing Friday, while Patrick was last seen July 5.

When they arrived, DiNardo said, Patrick had only $800, so DiNardo offered to sell him a shotgun for that amount.

Then, on July 7, Dinardo spoke with Finocchiaro and agreed to sell him a quarter pound of marijuana for about $700.

All the men were shot and killed during drug transactions with DiNardo on his family's property in Solebury.

The three men drove to the DiNardo farm and ended up in a barn where, according to the affidavit, Kratz shot Finocchiaro in the head with a handgun belonging to DiNardo's mother.

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DiNardo also told investigators where the four bodies were buried. DiNardo, of Bensalem, is charged with four counts each of criminal homicide; Kratz, of Philadelphia, is charged with three counts each of homicide.

Cosmo DiNardo then burned their bodies at his family's farm in Solebury Township, a person with firsthand knowledge of his confession told the Associated Press.

Patrick's body was found after the district attorney's office "made an agreement" with DiNardo, Weintraub said, adding that without DiNardo's "assistance", authorities would not have been able to find Patrick's body.

The details were provided after one of Cosmo DiNardo's lawyers said Thursday that DiNardo had confessed to killing the missing men, including a Maryland college student.

Authorities say they've recovered several pieces of evidence from a sprawling farm property and elsewhere while investigating the disappearance of four young Pennsylvania men believed to be victims of foul play.

UPDATE, 6:30 p.m. ET Thursday: The suspect in the disappearance of four Philadelphia-area men has confessed to killing the friends, according to his attorney. Sturgis was shot as he tried to run away and fell to the ground.

At this point, court documents say, Meo was screaming in pain and Dinardo climbed into a backhoe and ran over the injured Meo, killing him. "We found him where we were told we were going to find him and I don't know if we would have ever".

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. That day, Mr. DiNardo gave two guns, the Smith & Wesson and an Intratec 9-millimeter pistol, to Mr. Kratz, who later told investigators where to find them.

AP reporter Anthony Izaguirre contributed from Philadelphia. One of the victims has reportedly been identified as Dean Finocchiaro, 19.

Weintraub says the recovered 1996 Nissan Maxima contained 21-year-old Tom Meo's life-saving diabetic medication. Three other young men disappeared Friday.

Other reports by GizPress

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