Published: Sun, July 16, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

2nd man in custody connected to killings of 4 Pa. men

2nd man in custody connected to killings of 4 Pa. men

Cosmo DiNardo, 20, of Bensalem, confessed to "committing or participating" in the murder of Mark Sturgis, 22, Jimi Tar Patrick, 19, Tom Meo, 21 and Dean Finocchiaro, 19, all of whom went missing last week, his attorney said Thursday. That was followed by the disappearances last Friday of 22-year-old Mark Sturgis, of Pennsburg in Montgomery County; Dean Finocchiaro, 18, of Middletown Township; and 21-year-old Tom Meo, of Plumstead Township.

The confession comes after investigators arrested and jailed DiNardo on charges he tried to sell one of the victim's cars.

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". The charging documents state DiNardo used a backhoe to put Finocchiaro in a metal tank he referred to as "the pig roaster". He says Kratz shot Finocchiaro during the robbery.

As police led the handcuffed suspect to a van Thursday evening, DiNardo said "I'm sorry" when asked by reporters whether he had sympathy for the victims' families.

After driving to the farm to complete the sale, Patrick, a fellow student with DiNardo at a Catholic high school for boys, said he only had $800.

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

At a brief court appearance Friday, District Judge Maggie Snow ordered the men held in separate prisons.

"I don't understand the science behind it, but those dogs could smell these poor boys 12½ feet below the ground", Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub told Fox News. The criminal complaint in the case said the keys and title to the vehicle were found hanging up on the wall inside the garage of the property.

Search for missing men leads to common grave on Pennsylvania farm

He said the remains of all four men were found on a 90-acre farm, owned by Dinardo's parents - located along Route 202 and Aquetong Road in Solebury - three of which had been burned, in what the DA called an attempt "to obliterate them". Later, Dinardo drove the backhoe back to the location where he shot Patrick, and buried his body in a hole about six feet deep.

The FBI had been using heavy equipment to dig a deep trench on the farm property and then sifting through each bucket of dirt by hand.

Beitz went on to say that DiNardo was known for dealing marijuana and selling firearms, aggressively searching for new customers - his mobile number was circulated regularly by resident teenagers. As they were leaving the barn, DiNardo said Kratz shot Finocchiaro in the head. Standing outside a courthouse here, one of his attorneys said he had made the confession to avoid a death sentence.

For five days, dozens of law enforcement officers searched the farmland owned by DiNardo's parents.

He was arrested on Monday on an unrelated gun charge dating from February, accused of illegally possessing a shotgun and ammunition after being involuntarily committed to a mental institution.

Dinardo was released on bail on Tuesday when his father paid 10% of the $1 million bail in cash.

Meo and Sturgis were good friends who worked together at a construction company. In one, he was charged with burglary, criminal trespassing, theft, receiving stolen property and other charges relating to an alleged December 2016 incident. He is being held on $5 million bail.

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