Human remains found in search for missing U.S. men, one victim identified

Jul 16, 2017, 00:44
Human remains found in search for missing U.S. men, one victim identified

On Wednesday, police arrested a young man whose parents own the farm on a charge he tried to sell a vehicle belonging to one of the missing men.

DiNardo, whose family owns the farm, confessed on Thursday and agreed to plead guilty to the four murder counts, attorney Paul Lang said outside court, where DiNardo had met with investigators.

A judge dismissed the charge in May, but the Bucks County district attorney's office authorized police to reinstate and refile charges last month.

Prosecutors said DiNardo suffered from schizophrenia. "The family feels frightful".

Authorities had arrested DiNardo earlier in the week.

DiNardo, who had run out of ammunition, then used the backhoe to run over Meo and haul all three bodies to one spot where they were buried in a common grave after he tried to burn the remains.

When Patrick's remains failed to turn up in the common grave shared by the other victims, Weintraub offered to forego seeking the death penalty for Dinardo in return for information helpful to the investigation.

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With the arrest of 20-year-old Cosmo DiNardo last week, police in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, moved closer to discovering what happened to four missing young men. The prosecutor said he was hopeful more will be able to be identified.

DiNardo had help from a co-conspirator and allegedly killed the men separately after feeling cheated or threatened by them during three different drug transactions, the source added.

DiNardo has been charged with the murder of Finocchiaro, 19-year-old Jimi Patrick, 21-year-old Tom Meo and 22-year-old Mark Sturgis. Patrick, who was a year behind DiNardo at a Catholic high school, was last seen on Wednesday, while the other three vanished two days later.

Prosecutors further revealed they were led to the DiNardo farm after pinging one of the missing men's cellphones. "It is my hope that he does not post that but that is his prerogative of course if he can post it, but we're going to start looking seriously at the homicide charges and in fact we already have pursued that option".

Patrick attended Loyola University in Maryland on a full scholarship and was majoring in business, his grandparents said in a statement.

"He was on the shyer side, but you would get a smile out of him, a little conversation", bartender Jennifer Albrecht told WPVI.

Once their bodies transported on the property of the parents Dinardo, they would have been burnt in a roasting pan for the pigs. Sturgis and Meo worked together, while Finocchiaro was a mutual friend.

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Meo's girlfriend told investigators that she had been texting with him on Friday until just before 7 p.m.

The men's disappearances have shaken the community.

"I'm not sure", he said, "we could ever answer that question". 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. DiNardo was re-arrested on Wednesday after investigators unearthed a mass grave at the farmland his family owns. A Bensalem man also told police that the day before DiNardo offered to sell him Meo's auto for $500.

"He's told me and my friends, 'Yeah, I've killed people before, I just haven't been caught, '" the man said.

Investigators say this is Meo's auto. They said the keys and a title were hanging up in a garage.

Young women listen to Matthew Weintraub, District Attorney for Bucks County, Pa., speak during a news conference in New Hope, Pa., Thursday, July 13, 2017. On Tuesday, DiNardo was released on $1 million bail on an unrelated gun charge. In one, he was charged with burglary, criminal trespassing, theft, receiving stolen property and other charges relating to an alleged December 2016 incident. For that, he was held on a $5 million cash bail.

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