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

Killer buried four missing Pennsylvania men on family's farm

Killer buried four missing Pennsylvania men on family's farm

Two cousins have been charged in connection with the deaths of four missing men in Pennsylvania, after police found remains on a property owned by the family of one of the suspects.

Jimi Taro Patrick, 19, of Newtown Township, was the first to go missing last Wednesday.

Two days later, DiNardo - allegedly assisted by Sean Kratz, DiNardo's cousin - allegedly killed 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro, 21-year-old Thomas Meo, and 22-year-old Mark Sturgis.

A jail inmate who was the focus of an investigation into the disappearances of four men admitted on Thursday that he killed them, his attorney said in a surprise development.

DiNardo then burned the bodies - three of them inside a drum - at his family's farm in Solebury Township, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of Philadelphia, the person said.

Patrick went missing July 5, while Finocchiaro, Meo and Sturgis all disappeared July 7. DiNardo also said he set up a "deal" with Meo and Sturgis before their deaths.

The recovered auto was found on a second DiNardo family property about a half mile from the farm.

Authorities say they're starting to look at pursuing homicide charges against a 20-year-old man who was taken into custody earlier Wednesday and whose parents own the farm. The charging documents state that DiNardo and Kratz made a decision to rob Finocchiaro instead.

Another unidentified friend of DiNardo's told the Philadelphia Inquirer Thursday that DiNardo had spoken of murder in the past.

Investigators have searched the Bensalem residence of Mr. DiNardo; other unidentified locations have also been searched.

Matthew Weintraub, district attorney for Bucks County, speaks with members of the media in New Hope, Pa., on Thursday, July 13, 2017.

In his confession, Dinardo detailed a series of shocking killings with no clear motive.

In a separate statement, Kratz largely corroborated DiNardo's story, saying Meo died after DiNardo "basically crushes him" with the backhoe. His lawyer Paul Yang said that in exchange for the confession, prosecutors agreed to remove any death penalty.

DiNardo's parents declined to comment after leaving a government building where he spent several hours with the district attorney and other investigators.

"I don't understand the science behind it, but those dogs could smell these poor boys 12° feet below the ground", Weintraub said.

That same night, DiNardo said, he met Meo and Sturgis together at a parking lot in Peddlers Village.

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.

Prosecutors indicated DiNardo had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. Online records suggest he attended the same Catholic high school as Patrick but was a year ahead.

DiNardo told detectives he wrapped Finocchiaro's body in a blue tarp and used the backhoe to remove him from the barn before placing the body into a metal tank, which he referred to as the "pig roaster", according to the court documents. The charging documents state that DiNardo told police, "When they turned their backs on me, I shot Tom in the back".

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