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Human remains found in search for missing men, 1 victim ID'd

Human remains found in search for missing men, 1 victim ID'd

Cosmo DiNardo and his cousin have been charged with homicide after human remains of four missing Bucks County men were found on a farm owned by DiNardo's parents, according to online court records. Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said at a late-night press conference on Wednesday that investigators were working to identify the other victims.

In a statement on its website, the Bucks County District Attorney's office announced that Sean Kratz, believed to be a relative of DiNardo, has also been charged in connection with the murders of Dean Finocchiaro, 19, of Middletown Township; Thomas Meo, 21, of Plumstead Township; and Mark Sturgis, 22, of Pennsburg, Montgomery County.

Charging documents say DiNardo told investigators he and cousin set the men up by arranging to sell them marijuana, and instead shot them, burned their bodies and buried them on the family's sprawling farm property.

The bodies of all four men have been recovered.

Authorities have said that Dinardo has a history of "severe mental illness" and had been committed to a mental health facility after an episode in which he fired a shotgun. DiNardo and Kratz picked Finocchiaro up, but then changed their minds about selling him the drugs and instead plotted to rob him. Cars belonging to Meo and Sturgis were then found about two miles apart, and Bucks County detectives interviewed a man from Bensalem, Pa., who said that Dinardo had offered to sell him an older model Nissan Maxima for $500.




DiNardo, 20, confessed Thursday to "participating in or commission in the murders of four young men," according to his attorney Paul Lang.

"We'd still be looking for Jimi Patrick if we hadn't made that deal", Weintraub said.

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 vehicle case today and getting that 5 million dollar bail". They vowed to "bring each and every one of these lost boys home to their families, one way or another".

DiNardo then shot Meo in the back with the handgun, later shooting Sturgis as he ran away. James Jackman, a 19-year-old who works at Antiques at the Old Church, right next to the farm, said that for this part of Pennsylvania to have a homicide investigation is "definitely out of character". Dinardo allegedly used the backhoe to lift their bodies up and put them in the metal tank with Finocchiaro's body, according to the complaint.

Still, other uncertainties swirled around the case even after Dinardo's confession, including whether anyone else participated in the slayings. Sturgis, Meo and Finocchiaro disappeared two days later.


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