Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

Homicide charges filed in disappearance of four Pennsylvania men

Homicide charges filed in disappearance of four Pennsylvania men

This combination of undated photos provided by the Bucks County District Attorney's Office shows four men who went missing last week: Tom Meo, top left; Jimi Tar Patrick, bottom left; Dean Finocchiaro, top right; and Mark Sturgis, bottom right.

Sean Kratz, 20, was charged with three counts each of criminal homicide, conspiracy, robbery and abuse of a corpse, as well as a weapons charge, documents show.

According to an affidavit, DiNardo confessed to shooting all four of the men but said the Kratz fired the first shot at Finocchiaro before DiNardo took the gun and fired a second shot.

Investigators now know one fact concerning four missing men from bucks county, they had the misfortune of crossing paths with 20 year old, Cosmo DiNardo from Bensalem, it would lead to their violent deaths on a farm in Solebury Township, a property owned by DiNardo's parents. After they parked the Nissan at 2827 Aquetong Road, Meo and Sturgis rode with Dinardo in his truck to the adjacent Lower York Road property, where Kratz waited, officials said.

Still, other uncertainties swirled around the case even after Dinardo's confession, including whether anyone else participated in the slayings.

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.

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.

Weintraub confirmed a plea deal exists, but did not give details.

Meo and Sturgis are good friends and work together, according to court records. DiNardo and Kratz picked Finocchiaro up, but then changed their minds about selling him the drugs and instead plotted to rob him.

Kratz has a criminal history in both Philadelphia and Montgomery County, according to court records. Then on Wednesday, authorities arrested DiNardo on charges he tried to sell Meo's 1996 Nissan Maxima a day after he was last seen. "My heart goes out to his parents and all of the other parents". DiNardo admitted that there are two different sites where the bodies are buried. Dinardo said that on July 5th he had planned to sell Patrick four pounds of marijuana for $8,000.

Weintraub said Thursday he does know more about the relationships among the men but can't share more information because he needs to "maintain the integrity of the investigation".

Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub speaks during a news conference at the Bucks County Courthouse in Doylestown on Friday, July 14, 2017.

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