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DiNardo charged with four counts of murder

BIRGITTA WOLFE

July 14, 2017: Cosmo DiNardo, 20, of Bensalem has been charged with four counts of murder, and Sean Kratz, 20, of Northeast Philadelphia faces three murder charges as a co-conspirator in the case of four missing young men, according to Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub.

Three bodies were found 12.5 feet underground under an oil tank on property owned by DiNardo’s family off Lower York Road in Solebury and the body of Jimi Patrick, 19, of Newtown, was found on another site on information provided by DiNardo, Weinstraub said at a Friday news conference in Doylestown.

Were it not for DiNardo’s information, “we’d still be looking for him (Jimi Taro Patrick),” Weintraub said.

The bodies found on the DiNardo property were those of Dean Finocchiaro, 19, of Middletown Township; Thomas Meo, 21, of Plumstead Township; and Mark Sturgis, 22, of Pennsburg.

DiNardo, being held on $5 million cash bail, has confessed to the killings and cooperated with the police in exchange for the DA’s agreement not to ask for the death penalty, according to Paul Lang, DiNardo’s attorney.

Weintraub said an attempt had apparently been made to burn the three bodies, but that attempt had not been successful.

As for the motive of the crimes, “We don’t know why. I don’t know if we can ever answer that question,” Weintraub said.

He said the victims “now get to go home to their families” and thanked the volunteers, police departments and the public their efforts.

“I am so proud of the team. When we asked for your help, you gave it,” he said.

He then displayed a bouquet of pink and red carnations that he was going to distribute to all who helped.



UPDATE:
DiNardo confesses to "participation or commission" of the murders of four men

BIRGITTA WOLFE

July 14, 2017: Cosmo DiNardo, 20, who is being held on $5 million cash bail as a person of interest in the disappearance of four men, has  confessed to killing and participating in their deaths, according to his attorney, Paul Lang.

Lang said his client gave a full confession to police Thursday and told them where the bodies were buried. In exchange, he said, the district attorney promised not to ask for the death penalty.

Shortly after DiNardo’s confession, a second person of interest was arrested in Northeast Philadelphia and questioned, according to news reports.

On Wednesday investigators found human remains in a 12-foot deep common grave off Lower York Road in Solebury including the body of at least one of four area men, Dean Finocchiaro, 19, missing from his Middletown Township home since Friday, July 7, according to Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub. The property is owned by Cosmo’s parents, Antonio and Sandra DiNardo.

Still not accounted for are Thomas Meo, 21, of Plumstead Township; Mark Sturgis, 22, of Pennsburg; and Jimi Taro Patrick, 19, of Newtown Township.

Cosmo DiNardo  was jailed earlier in lieu of $5 million cash bail after being arrested Wednesday afternoon, accused of stealing and trying to sell a car belonging to another of the missing men, Thomas Meo. On those charges he was arraigned via video before Magisterial District Judge Maggie Snow, and charged with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property, both third-degree felonies.

As the case evolved, parents of the victims maintained a vigil throughout the week at the Solebury property where the search is centered,

The grandparents of the missing Jimi Taro Patrick issued a  statement on behalf of his family:

“Jimi Taro Patrick lives in Newtown with his grandparents, Sharon and Rick Patrick. He recently completed his freshman year of Loyola University, Md., majoring in business, Jimi attends Loyola on a full scholarship  and was awarded academic recognition on the Dean’s list.

“Jimi is currently employed at a restaurant in Buckingham, In the past, he worked in the food service at D’Youville Manor Yardley.

“He attended Holy Ghost Preparatory High School (Bensalem) where he not only received distinguished honors for his academic performance, but also participated in numerous service projects, Jimi was a member of the Holy Ghost Prep baseball team. He attended St. Andrew School in Newtown and is a member of St. Andrew Parish, Newtown.

“As a child, Jimi played baseball for the Council Rock School District (Newtown) Little League. He was an excellent pitcher and hitter. As a result, he was a member of the Newtown travel team which won several tournaments and league trophies. Jimi also played basketball in the St. Andrew CYO league.”     —— Sharon and Rich Patrick.

Solebury Township Supervisor Helen Tai on Friday expressed her thoughts on the events of the past week:

“Like my neighbors, I am deeply saddened by the tragic deaths of the four young men at a Solebury farm. No words can adequately express the sorrow and heartbreak we feel for these boys and their families. Even though they are not our children, we grieve for them.

“I want to express my gratitude for the excellent work and tireless efforts of District Attorney Matt Weintraub; local law enforcement, including the Solebury Township Police and Chief Bellizzie; as well as the FBI. Additionally, thank you to Solebury Township and Buckingham Public Works Departments for providing manpower and equipment for the search.

“With this tragedy, and each tragedy before it, I am reminded how important it is to live our lives fully.  Love fully. Show your partner, kids, family and friends how much you love them. Forgive yourself and others. Volunteer for a cause you believe in. Be kind to strangers. Pursue your passions. Offer compassion and support to those who need it, especially the families of the victims.”



Body of missing man found on Solebury property

BIRGITTA WOLFE

July 13, 2017: The body of Dean Finocchiaro, 19, of Middletown, one of four missing men sought by Bucks County police, was found Wednesday in a 12 and a half foot deep common grave in Solebury.

Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub announced the find at a midnight press briefing Wednesday.

He said there  are other sets of human remains in the grave that have not yet  been identified. The grave is on a 90-acre tract on Upper York Road in Solebury and is owned by the parents of Cosmo DiNardo.

The three other missing men are Mark Sturgis, 22, of Pennsburg; Tom Meo, 21, of Plumstead; and Jimi Taro Patrick, 19, of Newtown. Cosmo DiNardo is being held on $5 million cash bail charged Wednesday afternoon with theft and receiving stolen property. That property is a 1996 Nissan Maxima owned by Tom Meo, who has been missing since Friday, July 7.

"We allege that Cosmo Dinardo attempted to sell Meo’s vehicle (on July 9) for $500 to a friend whose identity we know but are protecting in the court documents for potential safety," Weintraub said earlier. 

The vehicle was found at 4 a.m. Sunday by police on a Solebury Township property along Aquetong Road that is owned by DiNardo's parents, according to Weintraub. The title was found inside the car, unsigned by Meo, he added. Meo is a diabetic and his medication kit  was found in the car.

The grave site was found with the help of cadaver dogs. “They could smell these poor boys 12 feet under,” Weintraub said.

“This is now a homicide investigation,” Weintraub said. “We’re going to bring each of these lost boys home one way or another.”

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