- Sources tell FOX 29 a second person of interest was police custody in connection with the case of four missing Bucks County men, just hours after 20-year-old Cosmo DiNardo confessed to the commission of and participation in four murders. Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said he could not identify the other remains at this time, while issuing a fresh appeal for more help from the public.
Mark Sturgis, 22, and Thomas Meo, 21, who worked together in construction, and Jimi Taro Patrick, 19, were also reported missing over the course of the last week.
The confession comes after investigators arrested and jailed DiNardo on charges he tried to sell one of the victim's cars.
According to court papers filed Friday, the men told detectives the murders began on July 5 when DiNardo was supposed to sell Patrick four pounds of marijuana for $8,000 at his family's Solebury Township farm. According to the affidavit, he said Kratz shot Finocchiaro in the head as they were leaving a barn on the site.
Cadaver dogs led police to a homemade grave where they came upon multiple human remains. Meo, 21, and Sturgis, 22, were friends and coworkers. DiNardo's parents also owned the farm. "One way or another", Weintraub said. He took Patrick to a remote part of his family's property and gave him a shotgun. He used a backhoe to move the body into a metal tank. "He dug a hole, he spent the time to burn the bodies, and he spent the time to cover it up". On one day, viewers could watch investigators haul up buckets of dirt and sift it through handheld screens in what looked like an archaeological dig.
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Residents expressed surprise at the mystery unfolding around them, something highly unusual in this area.
The details were provided after one of Cosmo DiNardo's lawyers said Thursday that DiNardo had confessed to murdering the missing men, who included a Maryland college student, and had told investigators where their bodies were. Aerial footage shows teams searching under a large tent, and Weintraub has said they are enduring stifling heat as they painstakingly search the property.
Police say the two suspects are cousins. Sturgis then attempted to run away, prompting DiNardo to shoot him until he ran out of ammunition.
Also on July 7, Dinardo said he met Meo (fifth photo) and Sturgis (sixth photo) at a church parking lot in Peddlers Village, a short distance west of the Dinardo property on Route 202 in Lahaska, the court records say.
DiNardo's lawyer says his client is remorseful.
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Earlier Thursday, the district attorney said he was encouraged by the pace of the investigation he called "massive" in scope. He was prohibited from possessing a firearm because he had a mental illness and had been involuntarily committed to a mental institution for inpatient care, court documents said.
Investigators say this is Meo's vehicle.
Data from a police license plate reader captured Dinardo's pickup and Meo's auto driving in Solebury Township within seconds of each other at 7:49 p.m. Friday, court documents said.
Asked whether DiNardo's information was critical to finding the body, the district attorney told reporters: "We'd still be looking, I know that much".
Kratz told police that DiNardo "basically crushed" Meo with the backhoe.
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DiNardo, 20, was first arrested Monday and held on $1 million bail on an unrelated gun charge before his father paid $100,000 to bail him out Tuesday.