Attorney: Cosmo DiNardo confesses to killing four missing Bucks men
16 July, 2017, 01:13 | Author: Dustin Murphy
A man who confessed to killing four men who disappeared last week in Pennsylvania's Bucks County and his suspected co-conspirator were hit with homicide charges Friday as gruesome details emerged surrounding the deaths.
Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said that the remains were located in a makeshift grave that was nearly 13-feet deep on the property.
The four young victims, who went missing last week, were lured to the remote property with promises of buying marijuana, but they were shot and killed, and buried in graves dug by a backhoe, according to the Bucks County, Pennsylvania, district attorney. Cosmo DiNardo, a 20-year-old linked to a Pennsylvania farm at the center of a search for the four missing men, was arrested Wednesday, July 12, 2017, on charges he tried to sell one man's auto after he went missing, authorities said in announcing the first big break in the case. He similarly told detectives Kratz and he agreed to rob Finocchiaro while selling him marijuana.
DiNardo told investigators he promised to sell the men marijuana, but then he made a decision to kill them and keep their money. Investigators said that as the three left a barn area of the property, Kratz shot Finocchiaro in the head and DiNardo took the gun and shot him again.
Police early on focused on DiNardo as a person of interest in the case of the missing men, after a signal from Finocchiaro's cellphone was traced to DiNardo's family farm. He also said DiNardo "basically crushes" Meo with the backhoe. DiNardo then used the same backhoe to transport the bodies.
The 90-acre farm property was used as a killing field. Both men are believed to have worked together to dispose of the three bodies, by placing them in a metal tank used as a pig roaster, and using a backhoe to dig a 12-foot grave on the property. Patrick's body was discovered on a separate part of the property. He said he believed DiNardo attempted to burn them but was not successful.
Dinardo has been in custody since Wednesday afternoon after he was accused of stealing and attempting to sell Meo's auto.
Police latched onto Dinardo after finding Meo's Nissan Altima and his diabetes kit on Dinardo's property. In exchange, investigators agreed not to seek the death penalty. That man turned out to be Kratz, who was charged with aiding in the murders of the men Friday. "I'm sorry", he said.
"It was described to us as being up on the top of a mountain and we found him, we found him where we were told we were going to find him and I don't know if we would have ever", Weintraub said. Then, according to a police affidavit, he placed the Finocchiaro's body in a metal tank he referred to as the "pig roaster", doused the corpse in gasoline, and lit it ablaze.
Dinardo's parents own a construction and cement company called Cosan LLC. He allegedly possessed a 20-gauge shotgun, but was not legally allowed to possess the firearm because he had a mental illness and had been involuntarily committed to a mental institution for inpatient care, according to court documents.
Dinardo was released on bail on Tuesday when his father paid 10% of the $1 million bail in cash.
According to the Inquirer, Kratz was out on bail for separate charges for a pending theft case in Philadelphia. Dinardo's bail was set at $5 million after the district attorney argued that he was a flight risk. All four, including Dean Finocchiaro, 19, of Middletown Township, Mark Sturgis, 22, of Pennsburg, Montgomery County and Tom Meo, 21, of Plumstead Township, will be remembered.
Later the same day, DiNardo picked up Meo and Sturgis.
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The body of a missing man has been identified among the remains in a common grave discovered in Solebury Township, Pennsylvania . DiNardo was initially arrested on Monday on charges relating to illegal possession of a shotgun and ammunition.
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