Prosecutors detail the homicide case of missing Bucks men

Doylestown Pa. Lawyer Paul Lang a defense attorney for DiNardo said Thursday that his client has admitted killing the four men who went missing last week and tol

The four men went missing a week ago and DiNardo became the main suspect after attempting to sell one of the victim's cars.

Local, state, and federal investigators have been working to solve the case since their mysterious disappearance.

First-year university student Jimi Patrick, 19, has been missing since 5 July.

Jimi Tar Patrick, 19, of Newtown Township, has been missing since Wednesday, while Finocchiaro, Mark Sturgis, 22, of Pennsburg, and Tom Meo, 21, of Plumstead, all disappeared Friday.

- On July 7, DiNardo was selling Finocchiaro $700 worth of weed but claims he and his cousin decided instead to rob the man, who Kratz allegedly shot dead with a.357 handgun.

After a frantic few days of searching for four Pennsylvania men, police were led to a 90-acre-property belonging to the parents of 20-year-old Cosmo DiNardo.

But authorities arrested DiNardo Wednesday on charges he tried to sell Meo's 1996 Nissan Maxima a day after the man was last seen. The other remains still need to be identified. DiNardo said he then used the backhoe to lift the bodies of Meo and Sturgis and place them in the same metal tank where he had placed Finocchiaro's body. They went to the property at 6071 Lower York Road; Kratz shot Finocchiaro in the head inside a barn.

DiNardo and Kratz have each provided statements to investigators, and DiNardo has described Kratz as his cousin, according to the district attorney's office.

"Every death was related to a purported drug transaction, and at the end of each one there's a killing", the source told AP, adding that DiNardo said an accomplice was involved in at least some of the deaths. The incident involving the firearm reportedly happened in February, but the district attorney authorized police to refile the charges last month.

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Cosmo DiNardo, 20, confessed to the commission of or participation in four murders and agreed to plead guilty to four murder counts, attorney Paul Lang said outside court, where DiNardo had met with investigators. The prosecutor had said he thought a backhoe may have been on the property.

It's unclear how well the four knew DiNardo, if at all.

DiNario responded: "I mean I know the kid but yeah I feel bad for his parents".

Dinardo then drove the backhoe over Meo and "basically crushes him", Kratz told police, according to the complaint. Lang said in exchange for the confession, prosecutors agreed to take the death penalty off the table.

"We're strong", he said Thursday morning.

According to Justine McDaniel, a writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, all four victims have been identified, and each was shot.

Weintraub confirmed that the remains of all four men have been found. He then drove the backhoe over Meo, picked up both Meo and Sturgis, and threw them in the same "metal tank" as Finocchiaro - poured gas, lit a fire.

Susan Coleman told news outlets that she and her husband were in their backyard last Saturday afternoon when they heard several rounds of what they believed was shotgun fire coming from the direction of the DiNardo farm.

He made the 10-percent cash of the $1 million bail set against him for that charge. Online records suggest he attended the same Catholic high school as Patrick but was a year ahead.

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