One of four missing young men is among ‘multiple’ bodies in 12.5ft-deep grave at suspect’s family property in Salisbury, PA
Investigators identified remains belonging to Dean A. Finocchiaro, 19
Finocchiaro and three other young men went missing in Pennsylvania last week
Police were led to the 90 acre farmland in their search for the missing men – Mark Sturgis, 22, Tom Meo, 21, Finocchiaio, and Jimi Tar Patrick, 19
The person of interest, Cosmo DiNardo, 20, is the heir to a vast real estate empire was described as a ‘drug-dealing schizophrenic who has bragged about killing people in the past’
Police have arrested DiNardo for trying to sell a 1996 Nissan Maxima on July 9 belonging to Meo
The car was recovered on the DiNardo property
Another victim’s cell phone was tracked to the DiNardo estate
Cosmo DiNardo will have to post the $5million bail in full to be released from jail after posting 10 percent of his $1million bail Wednesday for unrelated gun charges
Authorities in Pennsylvania have found human remains of multiple bodies in a 12-and-a-half foot common grave on a sprawling tract of farmland, it was announced late Wednesday.
The search of the Solebury, Pennsylvania, farm, belonging to the family of 20-year-old Cosmo DiNardo ]left], was prompted after four young men went missing in a span of three days last week.
The four men were identified as Dean A. Finocchiaro, 19, of Middletown, Pennsylvania, Jimi Tar Patrick, 19, Mark Sturgis, 22, and Tom Meo, 21.
DiNardo was arrested on Wednesday on charges of trying to sell one of the men’s vehicles, which was also found in Solebury.
He is the sole person of interest in the disappearance of the four young men.
The families of the missing quartet have been at the scene in the hope of learning anything about their loved ones.
Patrick was first to disappear on Wednesday. The other three – who are all friends – vanished on Friday.
Authorities are in the process of identifying further remains, which were found using cadaver dogs deployed in the search of the property belonging to DiNardo’s family.
According to a friend of Meo, DiNardo sold guns and marijuana and in the past has bragged about having someone killed over a debt.
‘I can tell you on multiple different occasions, on multiple different accounts, from multiple different people, including myself – Cosmo has spoken about weird things like killing people and having people killed,’ Eric Beitz, 20, of Bensalem, told Philly.com.
Beitz said he believed DiNardo was the last person to see his friend alive.
‘Everybody you talk to about this guy, you hear he’s mentally unstable.’
Cosmo DiNardo was smiling at the news chopper as he was led into police custody for attempting to sell one of the missing men’s car after he disappeared.
Cosmo DiNardo, 20, who the court heard has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, was told he will have to come up with $5 million cash if he is to regain his freedom after his arrest on Wednesday
Giving an insight to how they were led to finding the human remains on the farm, Pennsylvania authorities gave the timeline of events starting with July 5 when Jimi Tar Patrick, 19, is seen for the last time. He appears to be the first of the men to go missing. On July 7 three more men – Dean Finocchiaro, 19, Mark Sturgis, 22, and Tom Meo, 21, are all seen for the last time.
By July 9, all four men had been reported missing, and a search warrant is executed at a home in Solebury Township, where investigators find Meo’s 1996 silver Altima sedan in a shed on the property.
The next day, July 10, police search a Solebury Township farm owned by Antonio and Sandra DiNardo. Their son, 20-year-old Cosmo DiNardo is taken into custody on firearms charges that appeared to be unrelated to the missing persons case. However, he was released on bail a day later after posting the $1million bail.
Police tracked one man’s cell phone signal to the DiNardo property and one man’s father said one of their cars had also been found there.
On Wednesday, July 12, investigators found human remains of multiple bodies on the farm. The remains of Finocchiaro are identified.
DiNardo ws arrested for a second time and charged with trying to sell a vehicle belonging to one of the missing men.
Officers take Cosmo DiNardo’s into custody after discovering several bodies on family $5 million farm on Wednesday.
The announcement that authorities found human remains was made by Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub [center], during a news conference at midnight on Thursday.
A fairly large crowd of people gathered in New Hope, Pennsylvania, just after midnight on Thursday to listen to District Attorney Matthew Weintraub address a news conference at midnight on Thursday.
Weintraub announced that authorities found human remains was made by Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub. The Bucks County DA told reporters and members of the community during a midnight news conference that authorities cannot say for certain how many bodies they discovered, adding that The district attorney said that authorities are beginning to treat this case as a homicide, adding that the investigation is ongoing
Media and members of the community gathered in New Hope, Pa, just after midnight on Thursday to listen to DA Mathew Weintraub address the press on the case
Stunned attendees at listen with rapt attention as the DA told reporters and members of the community during a midnight news conference that authorities cannot say for certain how many bodies they discovered
DiNardo and Patrick both attended Holy Ghost Preparatory School in Bensalem.
Patrick, who had just completed his freshman year at Loyola University in Baltimore, and DiNardo were members of a public Facebook group for buying and selling sneakers.
A Flickr account believed to belong to DiNardo shows 187 photos of shoes, including Nikes and Air Jordans.
Many of the pairs were photographed with a sign with his name and the date written on it. Some images from 2014 show bullets set up next to the shoes.
DiNardo was sent off to jail on Wednesday for the second time since the four men vanished.
He was previously arrested on Monday on outstanding firearms charges but was later released on bail.
The announcement that authorities found human remains was made by Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub.
Weintraub told reporters during a midnight news conference that authorities cannot say for certain how many bodies they discovered.
The district attorney said that authorities are beginning to treat this case as a homicide.
‘This painstaking process will go on, we’re not done yet,’ he said. ‘This is a homicide, no question about it.
‘We’re going to bring each and every one of these lost boys home to their families.’
The discovery of the remains represents a big break in the case for authorities who have conducted an exhausting search on the sprawling piece of property in Solebury Township belonging to DiNardo, an heir to a massive Pennsylvania real estate fortune.
DiNardo, who the court heard has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, was told he will have to come up with $5million cash if he is to regain his freedom after his arrest on Wednesday.
It has been learned that DiNardo is the son of Antonio and Sandra DiNardo, a couple that purchased the massive 90 acres of farmland where police are searching for four missing men, according to NBC 10.
Sturgis’s abandoned Nissan Altima (photo) was found in a shopping complex five miles from the farm. Another vehicle connected to the missing men, a Nissan Maxima (not pictured) belonging to Tom Meo was reportedly found parked in a garage on the DiNardo property
The Flickr account belonging to Cosmo DiNardo shows a pair of Nike Air Jordan shoes with two bullets and a sign next to it. DiNardo and one of the missing young men, Jimi Tar Patrick, belonged to a Facebook group where members bought and sold Nike shoes
DiNardo was arrested earlier this week for ‘unrelated gun charges’ he was released after his parents posted 10 percent of his $1 million bail
The family began to amass its vast commercial and residential real estate holdings thanks to Cosmo DiNardo’s eponymous late grandfather, who also began to buy up real estate in the 1970s.
Among the family holdings are properties in Philadelphia, including a multi-unit apartment building and another building leased to a behavioral non-profit organization.
He also purchased the home in Bensalem where his grandson was twice arrested this week.
Police discover remains of missing man on Pennsylvania farm.
In September 2005, the DiNardo couple bought 68 acres of farmland in Bucks County, Pennsylvania for $5.4million.
Less than a year later, they bought a smaller tract of farmland on an adjacent property.
In December 2008, they purchased two more acres of adjacent property to form the large farming complex where the bodies were discovered.
The scope of the search was so extensive – backhoes and other earth-moving equipment have been brought in – that the local district attorney said this was the largest search in recent history.
Police used diggers and metal detectors to search a 90-acre farm in Solebury, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday in the hunt for four young men who have been missing since last week
Police spent Wednesday searching the farmland of Cosmo DiNardo’s parents’ farmland in search of the missing men
This home is used as the main family residence from where they control their business and real estate holdings.
The elder Cosmo DiNardo also purchased commercial properties in Montgomery and Bucks Counties, including a strip of storefronts initially purchased for $67,500 in 1979 and sold 25 years later for $425,000.
Eventually, the elder Cosmo DiNardo began to involve his son, Antonio, in the family business.
The father and son jointly purchased a Philadelphia home for $50,000 in early 1989 and flipped it two years later for $210,000.
In the late 1990s and 2000s, Antonio DiNardo purchased four more properties, two in Philadelphia and two in Bensalem.
Investigators used cadaver dogs to search the DiNardo farmland on Wednesday
But magisterial district judge Maggie Snow, sitting in chambers in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, agreed with the higher level.
She set a new hearing for DiNardo for July 31.
DiNardo allegedly tried to sell a champagne-colored 1996 Nissan Maxima belonging to Tom Meo – who has been missing since Friday – for $500. The car was found on his parents’ $5million property.
Inside cops found Meo’s diabetic kit, which his parents say he never leaves behind.
DiNardo, wearing a gray tank top appeared on video from the police station in his hometown of Bensalem, Pennsylvania, where he was rearrested on Wednesday, less than a day after being released from jail.
On Tuesday DiNardo’s wealthy parents posted a $100,000 cashier’s check – 10 percent of the bail amount he was being held on for an unrelated firearms charge -the district attorney leading the case told reporters Wednesday.
District attorney Matthew Weintraub told reporters Wednesday told reporters outside of the farm he feared the men were victims of foul play: ‘We are going to keep digging and searching that property until we are satisfied they are not there’, he said.
‘This investigation is still wide open we are going to go where it leads us,’ Weintraub said. ‘We don’t pick a person and then try to build a case around that person. That’s not fair to anyone.
Authorities in Bucks County, Pennsylvania argued that the younger Cosmo DiNardo is a flight risk and a danger to the community as the reasons for the high bail.
Cops are continuing to search property belonging to DiNardo’s parents in Solebury Township, Pennsylvania.
DiNardo has not been charged in connection with the men’s disappearance.
Instead he was charged with car theft, for allegedly trying to sell a vehicle belonging to one of the missing men.
His defense team said the DA’s office was upset he had made bail and had only come up with the new charge now to get him back in jail.
‘As of this moment he remains a person of interest. But if others arise and we can name them, we will, said Weintraub at a morning press conference.
Cosmo DiNardo, was taken in to custody on Sunday on gun charges, but was released after posting 10 percent of his $1 million bond. He will now have to post the full amount, of a new bond set at $5 million, after his Wednesday arrest.
Weintraub would not answer a question about whether he believes DiNardo, with all his problems, could have ‘done this all by himself’.
‘I don’t even know what the ‘this’ is that we are talking about,’ he replied. ‘We are going to proceed very, very methodically.
Weintraub spoke in rural Solebury Township, an hour northwest of Philadelphia close to the New Jersey border, as helicopters whirred overhead.
‘We are going to keep digging and searching that property until we are satisfied they are not there,’ said Weintraub.
‘This is just really, really rough on everybody involved because of the heat, the magnitude, the scope and the stakes are incredibly high – life and death.’
Jimi Patrick [left] was the first to go missing and was last seen at 6pm on Wednesday. Finocchiaro, [right] vanished on Friday
Tom Meo [left] and Mark Sturgis [right] vanished at the same time. Both worked for Sturgis’ father’s construction business and are friends
The two freinds, Sturgis and Meo, were planning to meet up on the night of July 7, when they both vanished
Sturgis and Meo are both friends with Dean Finocchiaio [photo, with his parents]
‘We ask for your patience and we ask for your tips. We continue to receive tips hourly and some of them are bearing fruit, so please keep them coming.’
On Monday, police arrested DiNardo at his home in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, on a four-month-old gun charge.
Philly.com reported that Weintraub’s office sent a letter to police in Bensalem on June 21 reauthorizing the February charge against him.
It had been dismissed in May by a magisterial district judge.
But he was not apprehended until after the four men had gone missing.
In February, DiNardo had bought a gun and ammunition despite having a history of mental illness which included a voluntary stint in hospital, court documents say.
Some locals had reported hearing gunshots on the DiNardo property over the weekend.
The FBI was called in to help with the search, due to their expertise in recovery operations underway at a farm believed to be linked to the disappearances.
On Friday, Tom Meo, Dean Finocchiaro and Mark Sturgis from the neighboring towns of Plumstead, Middletown and Pennsburg, also vanished.
Sturgis and Meo work together for Sturgis’s father’s construction business.
On Friday night, Sturgis told his father he was going to meet up with his friend but that they would both be fit for work in the morning. Neither showed up.
Finocchiaro, was last seen in Middletown Township at 6.30pm on Friday night.
Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said the agencies were pursuing ‘incredibly hot leads’ on the property, early Monday
On Saturday, police tracked a signal from Finocchiaro’s phone to Solebury Township and to the DiNardo farm.Once on the property, they found Meo’s champagne-colored Nissan
Maxima parked in a garage.
They also discovered Sturgis’s Nissan Altima at Peddler’s Village in Lahaska, five miles from the DiNardo property.
On Sunday, they issued a search warrant for the entire farm and Cosmo DiNardo was arrested the following day.
Meo, Sturgis and Finocchiaio are all friends. Patrick, who seemingly has no other connection to the missing men, is Facebook friends with DiNardo.