Cosmo Dinardo and the Bucks County murders: Shocking details revealed
Jul 16 2017
So far officials have only been able to confirm the identify of one of the bodies-Dean R. Finocchiaro, 19, of Middletown-while the other three bodies remain unidentified.
A day earlier, police arrested Cosmo Dinardo, 20, and charged him with stealing and trying to sell a vehicle owned by one of the four missing men, 21-year-old Thomas Meo, of Plumstead Township.
Meo's vehicle was found at a separate property owned by the DiNardo family, a day after authorities said DiNardo attempted to sell Meo's auto to a friend for $500, according to a criminal affidavit.
Meo's 1996 Nissan Maxima was discovered on the same farm as Finocchiaro's body and the other human remains.
All four men were shot and killed and then buried on the sprawling property owned by Dinardo's parents in Solebury Township that has been at the center of the investigation, according to a statement from the Bucks County district attorney's office.
The missing men are 22-year-old Mark Sturgis, 21-year-old Tom Meo, 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro and 19-year-old Jimi Tar Patrick. They are targeted a large farm in Philadelphia belonging to DiNardo's parents according to Washingtonpost.
"I am proud of each and every one of you", Weintraub said. Dinardo then took him to a remote part of the property, gave him a shotgun, and then shot and killed him with a 22 caliber rifle, according to the affidavit.
Eric Beitz, who said he had hung out with DiNardo in recent weeks, told philly.com that DiNardo routinely sold guns and on multiple occasions had talked "about weird things like killing people and having people killed". He used the backhoe to move the bodies and light them on fire in the metal tank. Later, Dinardo drove the backhoe back to the location where he shot Patrick, and buried his body in a hole about six feet deep.
The search has focused on the extensive property - owned by Dinardo's parents, Antonio and Sandra, according to prosecutors - in Solebury Township. He was out of ammunition, so he ran over Meo's body with the backhoe and used the machine to place both bodies in the same tank where he'd set Finocchairo's corpse.
DiNardo has had 30 "contacts" with the Bensalem Police Department over the last six years, the department's director, Frederick Harran, said in a telephone interview. Prosecutors had filed lesser charges against him this week to put him in jail while they investigated the disappearances.
After the men exited the truck, Dinardo said, he shot Meo in the back with the.357 handgun, then fired several times at Sturgis as he fled, felling him, the affidavit states.
Each victim has been positively identified, Weintraub said, and their family members were briefed on details of the case this morning.
Meo's girlfriend told investigators that she had been texting with him on Friday until just before 7 p.m. Authorities believe one was killed on July 5, and three were killed on July 7.
Earlier Thursday, the district attorney said he was encouraged by the pace of the investigation he called "massive" in scope.
DiNardo also had been arrested Monday and held on $1 million bail on an old gun charge, before his father paid $100,000 to bail him out Tuesday. They drove him to Dinardo's family property at Lower York Road in Bucks County. Residents from the area said that following an ATV accident that took place about seven months ago, something became "off" with DiNardo.