Published: Fri, July 14, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

DA seeks tips in search for 4 missing young Bucks County men

DA seeks tips in search for 4 missing young Bucks County men

A 20-year-old man has confessed to killing four men who were missing for days and burying their bodies at a sprawling Bucks County, Pennsylvania, farm owned by his family, his attorney said on Thursday.

Earlier in the day Bucks County DA Matt Weintraub announced human remains were found at a 12 foot deep mass grave at Cosmo DiNardo's Solebury Township family farm.

"This is a homicide, make no mistake about it", Weintraub said.

Weintraub said they've found human remains in their search for four missing young Pennsylvania men and they can now identify one victim.

Finocchiaro was last seen around 6:30 p.m. Friday getting into a vehicle at Hampton Drive in Middletown Township, according to WPVI.

Jimi Patrick, Mark Sturgis, Tom Meo, and Dean Finocchiaro all went missing almost a week ago.

Cosmo DiNardo, the Bucks County man who authorities called "a person of interest" in the disappearance of four men, has been arrested.

The detention comes on the heels of Cosmo DiNardo's attorney saying that his client admitted to killing the four men and telling authorities the location of the bodies.

DiNardo was initially arrested Monday on an unrelated felony firearms possession charge but was released on bail Tuesday evening after posting 10 percent of $1 million bond.

That was when the police started to search the area for any signs of the missing men.

DiNardo, who the court heard is schizophrenic, is being held on $5 million bail after his second arrest.

"We've been treating this from the outset as a criminal investigation, and nothing has deterred that to this point", Weintraub said, according to NBC.

Finocchiario and Patrick were reported missing last week, while Meo and Sturgis were reported missing on Sunday.

Weintraub did not say how Finocchiaro was killed, or if the other three missing young men are believed to be among the bodies found. Police said some or all of the missing men appeared to know each other, but the nature of their relationships, and the circumstances surrounding their disappearances, remain unclear.

The possibility of DiNardo facing the death penalty was taken off the table in exchange for the admission, according to the report.

DiNardo was prohibited from owning such a weapon, the document alleges, as he was "known to be suffering from a mental illness" following his involuntary commitment to a mental institution.

DiNardo is the sole person of interest in the case.

First-year university student Jimi Patrick, 19, has been missing since 5 July.

Finocchiaro, Meo and Sturgis all knew each other, the AP reported, and news outlets have reported that cars belonging to two of the men have been located.

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