Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Person Of Interest In Pennsylvania Disappearances Confesses To Killings

Person Of Interest In Pennsylvania Disappearances Confesses To Killings

A young man from Northeast Philadelphia has been taken into custody in relation to the killings of four men in Bucks County, a source tells WPVI-TV.

The confession came one day after investigators found human remains in a "common grave" on DiNardo's parents' property, which the police had spent days searching.

Investigators with the Federal Bureau of Investigation continued to look for the bodies on the farm Thursday evening, local media reported.

Jimi Taro Patrick, 19, of Newtown Township is last seen about 6 p.m., according to his grandfather, who reported Patrick missing the next day.

The charges relate to the killings of Jimi Patrick, Thomas Meo, Mark Sturgis and Dean Finocchiaro, who went missing within miles of each other in Bucks County.

DiNardo told investigators Patrick only had $800 so he instead agreed to sell the man a shotgun for that amount.

On February 9, police responded to a report of gunfire in DiNardo's neighbourhood and found him in his auto with a shotgun, and he told the officers that he had been involuntarily committed, Harran said. "They're tenderly, painstakingly, reverentially recovering the remains of people they do not even know, that they never even met".

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".

DiNardo confessed to authorities that he killed the four men and buried them in his family farm.

The trio murdered on July 7 were dumped in a giant metal tank DiNardo called a "pig roaster".

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Investigators have searched the Bensalem residence of Mr. DiNardo; other unidentified locations have also been searched.

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

Lawyer Paul Lang said Thursday his client Cosmo DiNardo confessed to "the four murders" and is ready to plead guilty to four counts of first-degree murder. Sturgis started to run away, and Dinardo shot Sturgis, killing him, the affidavit states.

DiNardo replied: "I know the kid but yeah I feel bad for his parents".

In a separate statement, Kratz largely corroborated DiNardo's story, saying Meo died after DiNardo "basically crushes him" with the backhoe.

DiNardo's attorney said his confession was exchanged for the prosecutor to take the death penalty off the table.

"I don't understand the science behind it, but those dogs could smell these poor boys 12° feet below the ground", Weintraub said. Patrick was the first to disappear and attended the same high school as DiNardo.

DiNardo is said to be unsafe and have schizophrenia, according to the BBC. His vehicle, with his diabetic medications inside, was found parked in a garage at 2827 Aquetong Road on a property owned by Sandra DiNardo. Dinardo and Kratz returned to the property the next afternoon and used the backhoe to dig a hole and bury Finocchiaro, Meo and Sturgis, the complaint says. Lang added that DiNardo told authorities where their bodies are located.

He was released from Bucks County jail on Tuesday night after 10 percent of his $1 million bail was paid by his father.

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