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Human Remains Discovered On Farm Where Suspect Left Missing Man's vehicle

15 Juillet 2017

The other men missing are 22-year-old Mark Sturgis and 21-year-old Tom Meo, along with Jimi Taro Patrick, a rising sophomore and business major at Loyola.

The Bucks County district attorney planned to hold a news conference Friday afternoon to report on all the latest developments.

The bail was set Wednesday for 20-year-old Cosmo DiNardo after he was arrested on charges he had tried to sell the stolen auto of one of the missing men, 21-year-old Tom Meo. The hole in which the remains were buried, according to DiNardo's confession, is 12 and a half feet deep and was discovered by police dogs. "I'd like to think he wanted to get these boys home", Weintraub said, explaining the surprise plea agreement forged Thursday that led to the final body.

In exchange for the cooperation and confession, Defense attorney Paul Lange says prosecutors were taking the death penalty off the table. A source told Philly.com that DiNardo led investigators to his cousin and the bodies.

Authorities have arrested the son of the property owner where the search is underway on an unrelated gun charge, WTXF reported, and are holding him as they try and figure out the relationships among the men.

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

For Patrick's remains, however, Weintraub needed to make a deal with DiNardo - the mastermind behind the killings.

Police have spent four days searching a farm owned by the DiNardos family for evidence of the missing men.

Dinardo was charged with four counts each of criminal homicide, conspiracy to commit homicide, three counts of robbery and abuse of a corpse. DiNardo, of Bensalem, is charged with four counts each of criminal homicide; Kratz, of Philadelphia, is charged with three counts each of homicide.

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But a person with first-hand knowledge of DiNardo's confession told the Associated Press the man killed them separately after selling them marijuana and then burned their bodies at his family's farm.

Patrick's body was found after the district attorney's office "made an agreement" with DiNardo, Weintraub said, adding that without DiNardo's "assistance", authorities would not have been able to find Patrick's body.

"We're not going to rest until we get through every inch of that property", Weintraub said, according to The Associated Press.

Court documents note the Dinardo then wrapped Finocciaro's body in a blue tarp, put the body in metal tank he called "the pig roaster" and set Finocciaro's body on fire. Here's what we know about their mysterious disappearance and the investigation that has consumed this suburban community and riveted the nation. Mr. DiNardo said he had taken a Smith & Wesson.357 Magnum handgun belonging to his mother; he said he gave it to Mr. Kratz before they drove Mr. Finocchiaro to the farm, but Mr. Kratz said that Mr. DiNardo had the gun. Sturgis then started to run, but Dinardo fired at him until he ran out of ammo, court documents say, and Sturgis fell to the ground. Kratz told police that DiNardo "basically crushes [Meo]" with the backhoe and then used the machine to pick up their bodies and placed them in the metal tank.

The four men, all residents of Bucks County, disappeared last week. In seeking $5 million bail on a stolen vehicle charge related to the missing men this week, prosecutors said DiNardo had been diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Finocchiaro was positively identified early Thursday after his remains were found in what Weintraub called a mass grave.

Kratz's arrest reportedly happened in the 800 block of Magee Avenue in Philadelphia. "It's very spooky", said Laura Hefty, who lives a few miles from the gravesite in Solebury Township, where farms bump up against new residential developments.

He said investigators may never know the exact reason why the men killed the victims.