Two Charged after Remains of Missing Men Found on Penn. Farm

Person of Interest Cosmo Di Nardo Posts $100,000 Bond

That all changed with a pair of stark revelations Thursday.

Police say that, out of the remains found in a 12-foot grave on DiNardo's farm, they've only been able to identify Finocchiaro.

A source familiar with the case told the Inquirer and Daily News late Thursday that it was DiNardo who led investigators to Kratz and the bodies of the four young men who have been missing since earlier this month.

Asked what he wanted to say to the families of the men as he was escorted from court on Thursday, a handcuffed DiNardo said: "I'm sorry".

He will plead guilty to four counts of first-degree murder, said defense lawyer Paul Lang.

In exchange for DiNardo's cooperation, Lang said, prosecutors would not seek the death penalty.

Cosmo DiNardo, 20, an admitted drug dealer with a history of mental illness, faces four counts of murder.

"Four people? I mean, this is something he thought about", Patrick said. DiNardo, 20, reportedly implicated a co-conspirator during talks with prosecutors. That only added to the speculation and rumors before DiNardo's confession.

Authorities had charged DiNardo earlier this year with having a gun despite an involuntary mental health commitment.

Photos on DiNardo's Facebook page leave no inkling of anything untoward or out of the ordinary for the average 20-year-old American male.

The multi-agency investigation into centered on a farmland property in Solebury Township owned by Antonio and Sandra Dinardo. The remains of Patrick were recovered from a separate location on the farm.

On Friday morning, a heavy law enforcement presence remained at the entrance to the farm amid heavy rain.




Kratz is charged in the murders of Finocchiaro, Meo and Sturgis.

The other missing men are 22-year-old Mark Sturgis, 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro and 19-year-old Jimi Tar Patrick. DiNardo's bail was set at $5 million in cash, the highest that Bucks County Magisterial District Judge Maggie Snow has ever set, she said.

DiNardo and his cousin Sean Kratz were both charged with criminal homicide in the July 7 deaths of Dean Finocchiaro, 19; Thomas Meo, 21; and Mark Sturgis, 22. The two are described as good friends.

Police said that two days later, DiNardo agreed to sell Finocchiaro a quarter-pound of marijuana and he picked up Kratz. There, Kratz shot Finocchiaro in the head with a handgun that belonged to Dinardo's mother, Dinardo said, according to the criminal complaint.

The last court date in that case was postponed in May because of "medical issues", court records showed.

DiNardo told investigators once they got to the farm, he shot Meo in the back and then shot Sturgis as he tried to run away.

Investigators say this is Meo's vehicle. After parking the Nissan at 2827 Aquetong Road, Meo and Sturgis rode with Dinardo in his truck to the adjacent Lower York Road property, where Kratz awaited, the affidavit states. Officials say Meo could not survive without the kit.

Their arrests capped a grueling, disturbing week for residents of a bucolic region, the first responders and investigators who serve them, and a nationwide audience that watched the investigation unfold via dozens of local and national media outlets. James Jackman, a 19-year-old who works at Antiques at the Old Church, right next to the farm, said that for this part of Pennsylvania to have a homicide investigation is "definitely out of character".

Once their bodies transported on the property of the parents Dinardo, they would have been burnt in a roasting pan for the pigs.

"Beautiful family", said a neighbor, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

"I don't know what convinced him [to confess]. Never a sign of problems".

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