Thursday, 27 July, 2017

2nd person of interest in custody in Bucks killings, reports say

Missing PA men update - 1 found dead Attorney: Jailed client admits killing four missing Pennsylvania men
Juana Turner | 16 July, 2017, 00:25

The four young men went missing within days of each other. News crews gathered Thursday morning at the Bucks County Courthouse in Doylestown in anticipation of a reported appearance by Mr. DiNardo's parents before a grand jury on Thursday, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

That all changed with a pair of stark revelations Thursday.

The man who confessed, Cosmo DiNardo, 20, knew the victims, and had been described by authorities as a "person of interest" in the disappearances.

Cosmo DiNardo was being held on $5 million cash bail after he was charged Wednesday with trying to sell another victim's vehicle after he disappeared.

A Pennsylvania man confessed involvement Thursday in the deaths of four missing men in eastern Pennsylvania, his lawyer told reporters Thursday.

Cosmo DiNardo, 20, feels "deep remorse" and is "very emotional", said Paul Lang, one of his lawyers. He is expected to plead guilty to four counts of first-degree murder at his next court appearance in exchange for not receiving the death penalty, Fox News reported Friday. DiNardo, 20, reportedly implicated a co-conspirator during talks with prosecutors.

On Friday, even with Dinardo in custody, the extent and conditions of his apparent plea deal remained unknown, and he had not been charged in connection with the killings. That only added to the speculation and rumors before DiNardo's confession. As DiNardo was led away in handcuffs, he said, "I'm sorry".

Authorities have said that Dinardo has a history of "severe mental illness" and had been committed to a mental health facility after an episode in which he fired a shotgun. Text messages shared by an unidentified source involved in a conversation with DiNardo on the app Snapchat revealed the 20-year-old's apparent lack of concern for the missing boys. Large makeshift tents were set up across the property as investigative teams dug for evidence using large machinery.

The 90-acre (0.14-square-mile) property in Solebury Township has been scoured by law enforcement agencies, heavy construction equipment and cadaver dogs.

The last two victims, Meo and Sturgis, were killed the same evening as they got out of DiNardo's truck at the farm to buy pot. "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".

But as for a motive to explain what led the pair to a series of killings that have gripped Philadelphia and much of the region for the past week, Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub had no explanations to offer.

Officials were able to identify one of the victims as 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro - who vanished last week along with Mark Sturgis, 22, Tom Meo, 21, and Jimi Tar Patrick, 19.

Dinardo is also accused in the fatal shootings of Jimi Patrick and Dean Finocchiaro.

Meo and Sturgis are good friends and work together, according to court records.

DiNardo has had 30 "contacts" with the Bensalem Police Department over the last six years, the department's director, Frederick Harran, said in a telephone interview.

When they arrived, DiNardo said Patrick only had $800.

The next day, Meo's mother reported him missing.

The remains of at least one of the men were found after an extensive search on a massive property belonging to DiNardo's parents. A second victim's auto was also found less than 3 miles away.

Their arrests capped a grueling, disturbing week for residents of a bucolic region, the first responders and investigators who serve them, and a nationwide audience that watched the investigation unfold via dozens of local and national media outlets.

He was arrested and released on bail in that case, but months later he was in trouble again when investigators say Kratz broke into the home of the witness in the June case and swiped several pieces of jewelry, which he resold for $345.

Once their bodies transported on the property of the parents Dinardo, they would have been burnt in a roasting pan for the pigs. "Never a sign of problems".

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