DiNardo and Kratz Charged with Murder in Missing Bucks Men

Missing PA men update - 1 found dead
The Search for 4 Bucks County Missing Men: What We Know
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16 July, 2017

Sturgis and Meo worked together, while Finocchiaro was a mutual friend.

"I am very, very relieved to say that we've brought four young men one step closer to their loved ones so that they can rest in peace".

Not far from the spot, the body of another man, killed earlier that day, was in a metal container, according to court documents.

Dinardo would later tell police he had a Smith and Wesson.357 revolver. An unnamed witness stated DiNardo attempted to sell the auto to him for $500.

Dinardo and Kratz also face charges of robbery, abuse of corpse, possession of instruments of crime, and conspiracy.

An attorney representing the couple issued a statement saying they sympathize with the families of the missing men and are cooperating "in every way possible with the investigation".

The first to vanish was 19-year-old Jimi Patrick of Newtown Township.

The FBI had been using heavy equipment to dig a deep trench on the farm property and then sifting through each bucket of dirt by hand.

He also admitted to selling the men marijuana before fatally shooting them and burning their bodies on his family's sprawling farm, a person familiar with the case told the Associated Press.

On Thursday evening, another dramatic development: Cosmo Dinardo, the 20-year-old man named as a person of interest in the case, confessed to "his participation" in the killings of the four men, his lawyer said.

In exchange for DiNardo's cooperation, Lang said, prosecutors were taking the death penalty off the table. The confession comes as officials identified some of the discovered remains as those of 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro, while the search for the remains of 19-year-old Jimi Patrick, 22-year-old Mark Sturgis and 21-year-old Tom Meo continued.

"I don't know that", Weintraub said.

"As we are all deeply affected by this news, I encourage you to take care of yourself".

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

DiNardo told authorities that a co-conspirator from Philadelphia was involved in three of the deaths, the person said.

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

Investigators located Patrick's body Thursday. Instead, the affidavit alleges DiNardo and Kratz drove to Finocchiaro's home to rob him. The two men stuffed the body into a metal tank known as a "pig roaster".

Police also find Sturgis' auto nearby. DiNardo told investigators Kratz shot Finocchiaro in the head, but Kratz claimed DiNardo did it. It was the body of a 19-year-old who had gone missing on Friday. He picked Patrick up and drove him to his family's 90-acre property. Sturgis started to run away, and Dinardo shot Sturgis, killing him, the affidavit states. He then led authorities to the site of the initial killing.

Police said that two days later, DiNardo agreed to sell Finocchiaro a quarter-pound of marijuana and he picked up Kratz.

For five days, dozens of law enforcement officers searched the farmland owned by DiNardo's parents.

The earlier charge stems from accusations DiNardo was found with a shotgun and ammunition in February despite a prior mental health commitment.

Young women listen to Matthew Weintraub, District Attorney for Bucks County, Pa., speak during a news conference in New Hope, Pa., Thursday, July 13, 2017.

He was arrested again on Wednesday for allegedly stealing and attempting to sell Meo's vehicle the day after Meo was reported missing.

DiNardo is being held on $5 million cash bail.

Kratz, too, has several criminal arrests. Charges include burglary, theft, receiving stolen property and more.

Police say the Loyola University Maryland student didn't show up for work as a beer runner at a restaurant-bar in nearby Doylestown, CNN affiliate WPVI-TV said. And Dean Finocchiaro, 18, of Middletown Township, Bucks County, was also last seen alive Friday. The two are described as good friends.


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