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Upper Hanover Resident among Four Missing Men
Written by Larry Roeder, Editor
2017-07-12

Update

 

July 14, 2017

            Cosmo DiNardo, the "person of interest" in the missing four men in lower Bucks Country, confessed yesterday to "participation or commission" of the killings.

            The announcement was made yesterday afternoon outside the Bucks County Courthouse by Paul Lang, one of Dinardo's attorneys.  DiNardo also agreed to help investigators find the remains of the victims.  In return for the confession, prosecutors pledged not to seek the death penalty for DiNardo.  No motive was given for the killings.

            According to reports, DiNardo also told authorities that there was a coconspirator in the killings. Police took Sean Kratz, 20, of the 800 block of Magee Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia, into custody last night in connection with the case.

            Kratz was out on bail for separate charges.  He posted 10 percent of $10,000 bail in March.

            Weintraub has not confirmed that a second person is in custody but he has scheduled a news briefing for 2 p.m. this afternoon.

 

July 13, 2017

            On Wednesday, investigators found human remains buried 12-feet in the ground on the 90-acre farm in Bucks County where the search for four missing men was centered.  At a midnight press briefing, Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said the victims found includ Dean A. Finocchiaro.  The remains comprise multiple bodies and investigators are still examining them to identify other victims.

 

Search Continues in Bucks County

 

            Four men went missing last week and officials are searching for information about their disappearance on a 90-acre farm in Solebury Township, Bucks County.

            The four men reported missing are Mark Sturgis, 22, of Upper Hanover Township, Tom Meo, 21, of Plumstead, Dean Finocchiaro, 18, of Middletown Township, Jimi Tar Patrick, 19, of Newtown Township.

            According to Newtown Township police, Patrick had not been seen or heard from since 6 p.m. last Wednesday.  Sturgis, Meo, and Finocchiaro were last seen on Friday.

            Sturgis' car was found in the parking lot of Peddler's Village in Lahaska on Monday Morning, about six miles east of where he was last seen with Meo.  Sturgis and Meo worked together at Sturgis father's construction business in Upper Hanover Township.

            Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub said that police received tips that the four men knew each other but continues to urge the public to offer more information about that.

            On Sunday night, Bucks County First District Attorney Gregg Shore said that the investigation into the missing men led authorities to search a Solebury property near Meetinghouse and Aquetong roads where they found Meo's car.  He also said that officials are treating this as a "criminal investigation."

            The search on the Solebury Township farm began on Monday according to Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub.  According to a report in the New York Times, a signal from Finocchiaro's cellphone led authorities to the farm.  The farm is owned by Antonio and Sandra DiNardo.

            The search has been ongoing and intensifying since then and now include several local and state law enforcement agencies, the FBI and dozens of cadets from the Montgomery County Community College Municipal Police Academy.

            On Monday Cosmo Dinardo, 20, the son Antonio and Sandra Dinardo, was arrested and held overnight in a Bucks County jail on $1 million bail on a gun charge dating back to February. He was released late Tuesday night after post 10% or $100,000.

           Cosmo Dinardo was arrested again on Wednesday after being charged with stealing Meo's car, which he allegedly tried to sell for $500 on July 9.

            Weintraub has said that Cosmo Dinardo is a "person of interest" in the case.   Cosmo DiNardo was accused of possessing a shotgun and ammunition in February despite a history of mental illness that includes an involuntary commitment, according to a police affidavit.

            According to reports, the charges were dismissed by a district judge.  The District Attorney's office reauthorized the charges against him in a letter dated June 21.

            At a news briefing Wednesday morning, Weintraub reported that they have recovered several important pieces of evidence at this site [the farm] … and at other locations."  "We continue to receive tips, hourly, and some of them are bearing fruit."

            When asked by a reporter about residents who claimed they heard gunshots on that property over the weekend or that there was a bonfire at the DiNardo house, Weintraub said, "I can't comment on that. I wish I could."

            When asked about whether or not a grand jury has been empaneled he said he could not confirm whether a grand jury investigation has been opened into the case. 

            "I am prohibited by law from even telling you there is a grand jury impaneled here in Bucks County. But I want to assure you we are utilizing every resource at our disposal to try to find these four missing young men and to solve this case," he said.


 

 

 

 

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