Prosecutors detail the homicide case of missing Bucks men

When reporters asked Dinardo - wearing glasses, an orange jumpsuit and handcuffs - what he would say to the relatives of the victims, he responded: "I'm sorry".

Clockwise from top left, reported missing July 5-7, 2017, in #BucksCounty were #DeanFinocchiaro, #TomMeo, #MarkSturgis and #JimiPatrick.

"Every death was related to a purported drug transaction, and at the end of each one there's a killing", the source said. The charge stems from accusations that DiNardo was caught with a shotgun and ammunition in February despite a prior involuntary commitment to a mental health institution. He also suffered a head injury in an ATV accident a year ago. A news conference with the Bucks County district attorney is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET. In exchange for that confession, prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty against him. There was no immediate comment from prosecutors, but they retweeted news reports of DiNardo's confession. But what sort of evil befell them, and why, had remained shrouded in secrecy.

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.

A judge has set bail at $5 million cash for a man now at the center of an investigation into the disappearance of four young Pennsylvania men. At least three knew each other.


Family members of the missing men are holding out hope.

"Four people? I mean, this is something he thought about", Patrick said.

Police charging documents indicate DiNardo agreed to sell four pounds of marijuana to Patrick for $8,000 and picked him up at his home, but Patrick only had $800.

The following day, Dinardo told police, he and Kratz returned to the property, where Dinardo used the backhoe to dig a deep hole and bury the tank containing the three bodies, the affidavit says.

The New York Post provided additional details about the mentally unstable young man.


"It seemed nearly like a horror film or something, just unraveling before our eyes", she said. DiNardo might have been released, but still he remains a person of interest.

While the search intensified, Dinardo was arrested Tuesday for allegedly trying to sell Meo's 1996 Nissan Maxima the day after Meo was reported missing.

The bodies of Dean Finocchiaro, 19, Tom Meo, 21, Jimi Taro Patrick, 19, and Mark Sturgis, 22, have all bean identified, Weintraub said. Patrick and DiNardo had attended the same Catholic high school for boys. The documents indicate that DiNardo drove Patrick to a remote part of his parents' farm property in Solebury, Pennsylvania, and killed him with a.22-caliber rifle. Matthew Weintraub, the district attorney, announced early in the morning that investigators had found one of the bodies of the missing men - along with other human remains - in a 12-foot-deep "common grave" on the farm.

On Thursday, his attorney was in Philadelphia court to request a continuance for further investigation in that case.

Detectives in Bucks County, Pa., were investigating any possible connections between Kratz and DiNardo.


DiNardo had been a person of interest over the disappearance of the four men throughout the case, with officials believing they had bought some time for their probe by charging him with the vehicle theft.


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