DA to give update in Cosmo DiNardo missing men case

Yolanda Curtis
July 15, 2017

DiNardo also told police how he and his cousin Kratz set up 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro of Middletown Township; 22-year-old Mark Sturgis of Pennsburg; 21-year-old Tom Meo of Plumstead Township, in similar fashion.

DiNardo, 20, then burned the bodies - three of them inside a drum - at his family's farm in Solebury Township, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of Philadelphia, the person said, adding that a co-conspirator was involved in the deaths of three of the men.

Cosmo DiNardo confessed to his "participation or commission in the murders of the four young men" and told police where their bodies could be found. A second suspect, identified in court documents as 20-year-old Sean Kratz, was charged with three counts of homicide in connection to the missing men, according to court documents obtained by ABC News.

Patrick was shot to death by DiNardo on July 5 as the two were alone on the farm, according to the affadavit.

When they arrived, Patrick said he only had $800, and Dinardo agreed to sell him a shotgun for that amount.

The person with firsthand knowledge of DiNardo's confession said the men were shot in the head or the back after DiNardo felt cheated or threatened during three drug transactions.

DiNardo told police he then ran over Meo's body with a backhoe, before he and Kratz put the bodies in the metal tank with Finocchiaro.

DiNardo allegedly then poured gas on the bodies and lit them on fire.

DiNardo then drove a backhoe that was on the property to where Patrick lay, dug a hole no more than 6 feet deep and buried him.

Investigators found the bodies of Finocchiaro, Meo and Sturgis in a 12½-foot-deep grave Wednesday, according to the complaint.

The 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.


Patrick's body was found in a six-foot grave elsewhere on the property.

Weintraub said the victims' families were holding up "remarkably well". But they will soon be returned to the families.

The DiNardo estate consists of three separate parcels that Cosmo DiNardo's parents, Antonio and Sandra DiNardo, of Bensalem, purchased between 2005 and 2008 for a combined almost $6.5 million.

He will plead guilty to four counts of first-degree murder, said defense lawyer Paul Lang. One stems from a December 2016 incident that resulted in the filing of burglary, criminal trespassing, theft, receiving stolen property, and other charges.

On Monday, he was picked up on a weapons charge and held in lieu of $1 million bail.

He told reporters he was sorry as he was led out of the prosecutor's office in a Bucks County courthouse Thursday afternoon.

Eric Beitz, a friend of one of the missing men, told the Philadelphia Inquirer that DiNardo was "aggressively" seeking new customers to sell marijuana and guns to and that some of the men first met DiNardo while he was trying to sell them weed.

Patrick attended Loyola University in Maryland on a full scholarship and was majoring in business, his grandparents said in a statement.

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