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4 missing young men in Bucks County: What we know

Emily Babay, Staff Writer

Updated: Friday, July 14, 2017, 10:57 AM

Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub holds up photos of four young men who are missing.

Homicide charges were filed against cousins Cosmo DiNardo and Sean Kratz on July 14. For updates on the murder case, click here.

Sean Kratz (left) and Cosmo DiNardo (right) are charged in the Bucks County slayings. The two men are cousins, authorities say.
Clockwise from top left: Dean Andrew Finocchiaro, Thomas Charles Meo, Jimi Tar Patrick, and Mark Richard Sturgis are missing. Bucks County District Attorney's Office
Defense lawyers Paul Lang, left, and Michael Parlow walk from the Bucks County Courthouse in, Doylestown, Pa., Thursday, July 13, 2017. Lang, a defense attorney for Cosmo DiNardo, said Thursday that his client has admitted killing four Bucks county men.
Antonio DiNardo the father of Cosmo DiNardo is driven away from a Bucks County government building Thursday, July 13, 2017, in Doylestown, Pa. Son Cosmo DiNardo admitted killing the four men who went missing last week in Bucks county.
Pennsylvania State Police officers walk up a driveway of Solebury, PA property belong to family of Cosmo DiNardo where investigators found remains of victims that Cosmo admitted being involved in killing.
Flowers were placed at the head of a drive way in Solebury, Pa., as the investigation of four missing young Pennsylvania men continues Friday, July 14, 2017.
Attorney Paul Lang announces to media that his client, Cosmo DiNardo confessed to participating in the murder of four missing men in Bucks county. WILLIAM THOMAS CAIN / For The Philadelphia Inquirer
Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub speaks with the media after Cosmo DiNardo confessed to participating in the murder of four men in Bucks county. WILLIAM THOMAS CAIN / For The Philadelphia Inquirer
Aerial views over the DiNardo family farm in Solebury, PA on Thursday. Investigators are searching for evidence in the disappearance of four Bucks County men.
Aerial views over the DiNardo family farm in Solebury, PA on Thursday. Investigators are searching for evidence in the disappearance of four Bucks County men.
Aerial views over the DiNardo family farm in Solebury, PA on Thursday. Investigators are searching for evidence in the disappearance of four Bucks County men. MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer
Aerial views over the DiNardo family farm in Solebury, PA on Thursday. Investigators are searching for evidence in the disappearance of four Bucks County men.
Aerial views over the DiNardo family farm in Solebury, PA on Thursday. Investigators are searching for evidence in the disappearance of four Bucks County men.
Aerial views over the DiNardo family farm in Solebury, PA on Thursday. Investigators are searching for evidence in the disappearance of four Bucks County men. MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer
Cosmo DiNardo has been identified as a person of interest in the case of four missing men in Bucks County. Bucks County District Attorney’s Office
Mugshot of Cosmo DiNardo, 20 after confessing to the commission or participation in four murders in Bucks county. TNS
Bucks County DA Matthew Weintraub during midnight press conference July 13, 2017 where he announced that bodies have been found on a Solebury farm belonging to the DiNardo family. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
Bucks County DA Matthew Weintraub during midnight press conference July 13, 2017 where he announced that bodies have been found on a Solebury farm belonging to the DiNardo family. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
Unidentified male illuminated by lights of police vehicles at the Solebury Twp farm owned by the DiNardo family. This gentleman has been with the families of the four missing men waiting for information on the disappearance of four young Bucks County men. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
Three women along the fringe of the DiNardo family farm in Solebury Twp Wednesday night as a police vehicle drives up the driveway. Investigators were searching for clues in disappearance of four Bucks County men. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
Unidentified family and friends gather on the fringe of the DiNardo family farm in Solebury Township for any new information on the disappearance of four young Bucks County men. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
Unidentified family and friends gather on the fringe of the DiNardo family farm in Solebury Township for any new information on the disappearance of four young Bucks County men. At left is Gregg Shore, Bucks County assistant district attorney.
Investigators at the DiNardo family farm in Solebury, gathering evidence on disappearance of four Bucks County men. Clem Murray / Staff Photographer
At the DiNardo family farm in Solebury, investigators were using a backhoe to try to find clues into the disappearance of four young men. Cosmo DiNardo, son of the owners, has been called a "person of interest" in the case. Clem Murray / Staff Photographer
Investigators at the DiNardo family farm in Solebury, gathering evidence on disappearance of four Bucks County men. Clem Murray / Staff Photographer
DiNardo family farm in Solebury, the scene of investigation into the disappearance of four Bucks County men Clem Murray / Staff Photographer
DiNardo family farm in Solebury, PA the scene of investigation into the disappearance of four Bucks County men. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
Investigators at the DiNardo family farm in Solebury, PA gathering evidence on disappearance of four Bucks County men. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
Investigators at the DiNardo family farm in Solebury, PA gathering evidence on disappearance of four Bucks County men. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
Family members of four missing Bucks County men sit vigil in a field investigators are searching for clues in their disappearance. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
Bucks County DA Matthew Weintraub holds a press conference Tuesday morning in Solebury Township concerning the disappearance of four young men. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
Cadets with Montgomery County Community College Municipal Police Academy take a break in the search for clues in the disappearance of four Bucks County men, Tuesday. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
Members of the Montgomery County Community College Municipal Police Academy program take a break in the search for clues. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
Montgomery County Community College Police Academy cadets join the search for four missing young men at a farm in Solebury Township. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
Bucks County DA Matthew Weintraub holds a news conference Monday in Solebury Township concerning the disappearance of four young men. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
DA Matthew Weintraub holds up photos of the missing men. "The leads are incredibly hot," he said. "They're very fruitful." CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
Bucks County DA Matthew Weintraub (center) leaves a press conference in Solebury Township .where he discussed the investigation into the disappearance of four young Bucks County men. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
Police investigators are searching a property on Lower York Road in Solebury Township on Monday for clues in the disappearance of four young Bucks County men. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
Unidentified family and friends gather on the fringe of the DiNardo family farm in Solebury Township for any new information on the disappearance of four young Bucks County men. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
People who identified themselves to police as family wait in the shade of a property on Lower York Road in Solebury Township. where police and FBI investigators are searching for clues in the disappearance of four young men from Bucks County. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
Solebury Township chief of police Dominick Bellizzie (right) speaks with Rich and Sharon Patrick, the grandparents of Jimi Tar Patrick, one of four missing Bucks County men, before a press conference by Bucks County DA Matthew Weintraub. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
A Solebury Township policeman guards a garage on Aquetong Road where investigators found the car of one of the four missing men from Bucks County on Monday. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
A law enforcement official escorts Cosmo DiNardo to a vehicle Thursday, July 13, 2017, in Doylestown, Pa. Lawyer Paul Lang, a defense attorney for DiNardo, said Thursday that his client has admitted killing the four men who went missing last week and told authorities the location of the bodies. Lang says prosecutors agreed to take the death penalty off the table in return for DiNardo's cooperation. AP Photo/Matt Rourke
Photo Gallery: Bucks County search for four missing men

Cosmo DiNardo, originally identified as a “person of interest” in the case, has confessed to the killings and human remains have been found in Bucks County in the days-long search for four young men who have been missing since last week. Here’s what we know so far — and what we don’t know — about the disappearances.

What we know

Confession made: Cosmo DiNardo has “confessed to his participation or commission” in the killings of the four missing men in exchange for prosecutors promising not to seek the death penalty against him, DiNardo’s defense attorney said. The attorney said DiNardo “did give a full confession and he was very forthright and gave all relevant details that he could.”

Remains found: On Wednesday, investigators found human remains on a Bucks County farm owned by the parents of Cosmo DiNardo. At least some of the remains were identified as belonging to Dean A. Finocchiaro, 19, of Middletown, who was among the four missing men. The remains were found buried more than 12-feet underground. DiNardo admitted dumping three of the missing men’s bodies in the grave, a source told the Inquirer and Daily News. He is expected to lead investigators to the grave of the fourth victim.

Who is missing: Investigators were looking for four young men, identified as: Mark R. Sturgis, 22, of Pennsburg; Thomas C. Meo, 21, of Plumstead; Dean A. Finocchiaro, 19, of Middletown; and Jimi Taro Patrick, 19, of Newtown. Finocchiaro’s remains were identified in the grave found on the farm.

Clockwise from top left, Dean Andrew Finocchiaro, Thomas Charles Meo, Jimi Tar Patrick, and Mark Richard Sturgis.

Second suspect: An alleged accomplice of DiNardo’s, 20-year-old Sean Kratz, was taken into custody in Northeast Philadelphia, according to law enforcement sources. DiNardo had told investigators there was an accomplice in the killings, a source said.

When the four were last seen: Sturgis and Meo were last seen Friday, July 7. Finocchiaro, who was last seen being picked up by a fifth person who is not missing, also was last seen Friday, while Patrick was last seen Wednesday, July 5.

Where investigators have been searching: Crews have been focusing on farm acreage on the 6000 block of Lower York Road in Solebury Township, combing the vast property with metal detectors and a backhoe. The property is owned by Antonio and Sandra DiNardo of Bensalem. The search includes the FBI.

Other places that have been searched: Investigators on Sunday executed a search warrant at a nearby home in Solebury, finding Meo’s car in the garage. Sturgis’ vehicle was found at Peddlers Village in Lahaska, according to his father. Search warrants for other properties have been filed but they remain under seal.

Homicide case: Authorities have said foul play was suspected, and at a press conference about the found remains, District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said: “This is a homicide, make no mistake about it.” Murder charges have not yet been filed, however.

DiNardo’s past: Cosmo DiNardo, the 20-year-old son of the property owners, was first taken into custody Monday in a firearms case, and authorities Tuesday called him a “person of interest” in the disappearances. The firearms charge had previously been dismissed but was refiled Monday. DiNardo was originally arrested for allegedly possessing a shotgun and ammunition he was not permitted to have because he had a “mental illness” and had been involuntarily committed to an inpatient treatment facility, according to a criminal complaint filed in February. The refiled charge is not related to the missing-persons investigation. DiNardo was again taken into custody on Wednesday, on charges of stealing a car that belonged to Meo. He was banned from Arcadia University’s campus in 2016.

Kratz’s past: Kratz was out on bail on separate charges, with two pending burglary cases in Philadelphia courts. His attorney in a Philadelphia case on Thursday requested a continuance.

How the bodies were found: Investigators used cadaver dogs to find the remains.

What we don’t know

The motive: DiNardo’s lawyer would not comment on the motive in the killings. Family members have said they were baffled by the men’s disappearances, and didn’t know of any reason for them to have gone missing. The Associated Press reported that the victims were killed after DiNardo felt cheated in drug transactions.

Roles in the slayings: It is not clear exactly what part DiNardo and Kratz each allegedly played in the killings. As to whether DiNardo’s parents, the property owners, were involved his attorney said, “As far as I know, no,” but left further comment to the parents’ lawyers.

Cadets in the Municipal Police Academy program of Montgomery County Community College arrive to help with the search (CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer)

Other remains in the grave: Authorities have not yet identified who was in the grave found at the Bucks farm, other than Finocchiaro. Prosecutors did not disclose the state of the remains or say how many bodies were found.

Locations of any other bodies: While three of the victims were buried in the grave, according to a source, the fourth was elsewhere on the property. That victim’s location has not been disclosed.

How or when the men died: Officials did not disclose how Finocchiaro was killed or when he was believed to have died. Authorities also have not detailed how the other men were killed.

Grand jury proceedings: Prosecutors have declined to confirm reports of grand jury proceedings in the case.

Report of gunshots: Residents have reported having heard gunshots in the area near the DiNardo farm over the weekend, but prosecutors have declined to comment on those reports.

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