4 young men vanish in Pennsylvania

Gladys Abbott
July 14, 2017

Bucks County, Pa., police said they arrested a man as they searched for four men who disappeared last week under circumstances a district attorney described as foul play.

That was followed by the disappearances of 22-year-old Mark Sturgis, of Pennsburg in Montgomery County, Dean Finocchiaro, 19, of Middletown Township, and 21-year-old Tom Meo, of Plumstead Township, on Friday, July 7.

Additional human remains were found inside the grave but haven't been identified, Weintraub said. Meo was close friends with the fourth victim, 22-year-old Mark Sturgis, who was last seen with Meo in Bucks County.

Cadaver dogs led authorities to the remains of Dean Finocchiaro, 19, after he and three other young men went missing late last week.

Cosmo DiNardo was being held on US$5 million (NZ$6.83 million) cash bail after he was charged with trying to sell another victim's vehicle after he disappeared.

For five days, dozens of law enforcement officers have searched the farmland owned by Dinardo's parents, Antonio and Sandra Dinardo, on foot and by air. "He confessed to his participation or commission in the murders of four young men", Lang said.

DiNardo's arrest Wednesday was his second trip to jail since the four men disappeared.

DiNardo was arrested Monday on an unrelated gun charge.

4 young men vanish in Pennsylvania

Jimi Patrick was last seen Wednesday early evening, and was reported missing by his family and friends after not showing up to work or responding to calls or messages.

Officials said there were signs some or all of the men knew one another and were working to discover their links.

The AP, citing an affidavit procured by the Bucks County Courier Times, reported that DiNardo was accused of having a shotgun and ammunition in February, even though he has a history of mental illness that has included voluntary commitment.

Though it's not entirely clear how all of the missing men might be connected, most, if not all, of them are believed to have known each other.

DiNardo told authorities where their bodies are located in exchange for authorities taking the possibility of the death penalty off the table, Lang added.

Suspect Cosmo DiNardo attended a Catholic boys school with one of the missing men, Jimi Tar Patrick.

While authorities said they're making progress in the search, Weintraub also said foul play is suspected in the disappearances.

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