Body of one of four missing Pennsylvania men found, suspect in custody
- Author: Joey Payne Jul 16, 2017,
Jul 16, 2017, 0:41
Not far from the spot, the body of another man, killed earlier that day, was in a metal container, according to court documents.
Dinardo is also accused of trying to sell one of the missing men's cars.
DiNardo was charged Friday with counts of conspiracy, homicide and abuse of a corpse.
FBI investigators are using machinery to dig out an area identified by cadaver dogs on a 90-acre farm. He then burned their bodies ― three of them inside a drum ― at his family's farm in Solebury Township, said the person, who was not authorized to publicly discuss the case.
In exchange for DiNardo's cooperation, Lang said, prosecutors were taking the death penalty off the table.
"We're going to continue digging and searching that property until we're satisfied that they are not there", Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said at a morning news conference.
"And I can tell you because I have been there, we would still be looking for Jimmy Patrick's body if I didn't make that deal", said Weintraub. "I don't know if we can ever answer that question". A co-conspirator was also involved in the shooting deaths of three of the men, AP reported.
DiNardo shared images of himself with a maniacal expression and wielding a gun as he participated in a private Snapchat group with local youths.
Some top news reporters spoke to some of the investigators.
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. He said he used a backhoe to dig the hole in which he buried Patrick's body. When Dinardo was headed to Finocchiaro's home, he stopped and picked up his cousin, Kratz, and, court documents note the pair came up with a plan to rob Finocchiaro instead.
Police say the two suspects are cousins.
The three of them drove back to Dinardo's large property. They walked to a remote part of the property, where Dinardo said he fatally shot Patrick with a.22 caliber rifle, according to the affidavit. Kratz told investigators Dinardo "basically crushes him" with it. He picked Patrick up and drove him to his family's 90-acre property.
Dinardo told investigators, in the affidavit, he shot Meo and Sturgis as they exited the truck. Dinardo then took the backhoe and drove it over Meo's body.
Dinardo allegedly poured gasoline into the tank and lit it, the complaint says.
The DiNardo family's lawyer, Fortunato Perri Jr., had previously said in a statement that Cosmo DiNardo's parents are cooperating with law enforcement.
Dinardo's parents own a construction and cement company called Cosan LLC. #CosmoDiNardo, 20, of Bensalem Township, confessed to killing them, his defense attorney said July 13, 2017.
Earlier this year, authorities charged DiNardo with possessing a firearm despite an involuntary mental health commitment. Kratz was held at Northeast Detectives Thursday for Bucks County authorities to pick up and question.
The revelation comes after an investigators charged DiNardo with trying to illegally sell the auto belonging to one of the missing young men. The suspect remains in custody on $5 million cash bail. He is being held on $5 million bail.
Kratz, too, has several criminal arrests. By, Wednesday Dinardo was arrested again for one count each of theft and receiving stolen property. He was out on bail at the time of the killings.
July 7: Dean Finocchiaro, 19, of Middletown Township is reported missing by his mother.
Meo and Sturgis are good friends and work together, according to court records.