Published: Sun, July 16, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Dozens continue searching Bucks County property in hunt for four missing men

Dozens continue searching Bucks County property in hunt for four missing men

PEOPLE confirms that Paul Lang, one of the lawyers representing 20-year-old Cosmo DiNardo, staged a media briefing on Thursday evening where he announced that his client had "confessed" to helping kill the four men, whom police have been searching for since they disappeared last week.

The missing men have been identified as Mark Sturgis, 22, of Pennsburg; Tom Meo, 21, of Plumstead; Dean Finocchiaro, 18, of Middletown; and Jimi Tar Patrick, 19, of Newtown Township.

Cosmo DiNardo, who was arrested Wednesday on charges that he stole and tried to sell a auto belonging to one of the missing men, remains a person of interest. Officials say 20-year-old Cosmo DiNardo is a person of interest and a flight risk, but not a suspect in the case. The remains of at least one of the men, Finocchiaro, were located on a 68-acre property belonging to DiNardo's parents. ABC News reported Sturgis and Meo were longtime friends, and Sturgis' father told the Associated Press that the pair know Finocchiaro. It's unclear how DiNardo may have known the missing men, if at all. "It is my hope that he does not post that but that is his prerogative of course if he can post it, but we're going to start looking seriously at the homicide charges and in fact we already have pursued that option". According to authorities, he tried to sell the vehicle. He was charged with possession of a shotgun and was released on $1 million bail Tuesday night before being arrested again on the second charge.

Authorities in suburban Philadelphia have named a person of interest in the disappearance of four young men who vanished within days of each other last week. According to the Times, police also found Sturgis' auto at an outdoor shopping mall.

Weintraub said that cadaver dogs led investigators to the site of the common grave.

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Prosecutors have not confirmed Lang's announcement, but the AP reported that DiNardo killed the four separately after selling them marijuana, and then burned their bodies at his family's farm.

Weintraub, when asked if foul play was involved, said during the news conference: "It sure would seem so".

Positing that DiNardo who was Facebook friends with one of the victims and had a previous outstanding firearms warrant against him, authorities brought DiNardo in on Monday as they sought to "explore" possible involvement.

Kratz was out on bail on separate charges before his arrest in connection to the case.

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