Cosmo DiNardo Motive: Why Were 4 Missing Pennsylvania Men Killed?

Andrew Cummings
July 15, 2017

The four men went missing over several days last week near Philadelphia.

The rest of the remains that have been found have yet to be identified, but according to law enforcement, DiNardo did say the bodies of all four men were in the two locations where the officials are digging.

One of the victims is 19-year-old Jimi Patrick, a Loyola University Maryland student.

This combination of undated photos provided by the Bucks County District Attorney's Office shows four men who went missing last week: Tom Meo, top left; Jimi Tar Patrick, bottom left; Dean Finocchiaro, top right; and Mark Sturgis, bottom right.

The back-to-back arrests bought investigators time as they scoured the farm and other spots across the county for clues to the men's disappearance, Weintraub said.

Earlier Wednesday, the prosecutor said other important evidence had been found both at the family farm about 30 miles north of Philadelphia and other properties, but no human remains.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity on Thursday because he was not authorized to publicly discuss details of the case against 20-year-old Cosmo DiNardo, who was in custody.

Cosmo DiNardo is accused of trying to sell another victim's vehicle after he disappeared.

Meo and Sturgis followed DiNardo to the Solebury property in Meo's Nissan Maxima, DiNardo told investigators. Finocchiaro was found in a 12-foot grave on the property, where three of the victims' bodies were burned.

Kratz was charged with three counts of criminal homicide, nine counts of conspiracy, three counts of robbery, three counts of abuse of a corpse, possession of a weapon and possession of an instrument of crime with intent.

DiNardo's lawyer announced Thursday that his client had admitted to the killings and was cooperating with investigators. On June 21, an assistant district attorney, Megan B. Brooks, told Officer Katherine Bailey of the Bensalem Police Department to "reinstate and refile" the second-degree felony charge.

At least some of the missing men are friends, but it's unclear how well they knew DiNardo, if at all.

"As we are all deeply affected by this news, I encourage you to take care of yourself". There, Kratz shot Finocchiaro in the head with a handgun that belonged to Dinardo's mother, Dinardo said, according to the criminal complaint.

Dinardo had been arrested on Monday at his home for owning a gun he was not allowed to possess because he had previously been involuntarily committed to a mental health facility, prosecutors said.

He was released from Bucks County jail on Tuesday night after 10 percent of his $1 million bail was paid by his father.

"I'd like to think that he wanted to help us get these boys home".

DiNardo was the first to be arrested Thursday and confessed after authorities agreed not to seek the death penalty.

Authorities have not revealed any details about how the victims found in the grave may have died or how they got there.

DiNardo also told detectives he agreed to sell Finocchiaro a quarter-pound of marijuana for about $700 on July 7.

Later the same day, DiNardo picked up Meo and Sturgis.

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