Killer buried four missing Pennsylvania men on family's farm

Marcus Newton
July 16, 2017

The victims are: Tom Meo, 21; Jimi Tar Patrick, 19; Dean Finocchiaro, 19; and Mark Sturgis, 21. The Bucks County District Attorney said early this morning that one set of remains has been identified as 19 year old Dean Finochiaro.

DiNardo, 20, then burned the bodies - three of them inside a drum - at his family's farm in Solebury Township, about 30 miles north of Philadelphia, the person said, adding that a co-conspirator was involved in the deaths of three of the men.

Twenty-year-old Cosmo DiNardo of Bensalem has confessed to "participating in or committing" the killings, his attorney said. All four victims have been identified.

For that, he was held on a $5 million cash bail.

The remains of at least one of the men were found after an extensive search on a massive property belonging to DiNardo's parents. Patrick's murder occurred when DiNardo agreed to sell him four pounds of marijuana for $8,000. He said he used a backhoe to dig the hole in which he buried Patrick's body.

DiNardo sold quarter-pound quantities of marijuana for several thousand dollars and sold handguns to area residents, the person said. Before making the sale, Dinardo picked up his cousin, Kratz, and the pair decided instead to rob Finocchiaro. The affidavit says the three met up at a church parking lot in Peddlers Village before heading back to the property. While en route, the cousins chose to "rob" Finocchiaro instead, the pair allegedly told police.

DiNardo has confessed to police. Meo and Sturgis followed DiNardo to the farm for a "deal" in Meo's vehicle.

The story took an unexpected turn on Wednesday, when Cosmo Dinardo was placed under arrest when he tried to resell it to a friend on the Nissan Maxima 1996 Thomas Moe.

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On Thursday, DiNardo's lawyer announced that his client had admitted to the killings and was cooperating with investigators.

Those gruesome details emerged as DiNardo and Kratz were charged with multiple counts of conspiracy, homicide and abuse of a corpse as the investigation into their slayings shifted focus to Kratz's role in the case.

At an arraignment Friday afternoon, both men entered not guilty pleas. Kratz has yet to retain legal counsel who could comment on his behalf.

Police were back at the farm Thursday, digging away in the dust and the 90-degree-plus heat and using plywood to shore up the deep, tent-covered trench that they excavated at the spot where Weintraub said dogs smelled "these poor boys 12½ feet below the ground".

"I'm satisfied at this time that based on the evidence that we have at this time we have the two men in custody that need to be brought to justice". Their arrival came just hours after authorities took Kratz into custody at a Northeast Philadelphia home late Thursday night.

DiNardo was arrested earlier this week on charges stemming from the investigation. DiNardo was allegedly stranded in the woods for a day after the crash and suffered a severe brain bleed.

According to a probably cause affidavit, the suspects both gave statements saying the four men had been shot. He also owned the ammunition needed for the gun.

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. This is the second man connected to the case. In the first instance, he was accused of committing burglary, criminal trespassing, theft, receiving stolen property and others. He hoped the higher bail would hold him even longer, but acknowledged it might not. Kratz's is being on an unspecified bail amount.

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