Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Man killed 4 after feeling cheated in drug deals

Man killed 4 after feeling cheated in drug deals

Jimi Patrick, 19, of Newtown Township, has been missing since last Wednesday and Mark Sturgis, 22, of Pennsburg, and Thomas Meo, 21, of Plumstead Township, and Finocchiaro of Middletown Township have been missing since Friday. Cosmo DiNardo confessed to his "participation or commission in the murders of the four young men" and told police where their bodies could be found.

He was arrested on Monday on an unrelated gun charge dating from February, accused of illegally possessing a shotgun and ammunition after being involuntarily committed to a mental institution.

Cosmo DiNardo, who is being held on $5 million cash bail, has been described as a person of interest in the investigation.

- 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.

All four victims were found buried on an 80-acre farm in Solebury, Pennsylvania, owned by DiNardo's family.

Law enforcement officials walk down a blocked off driveway in Solebury, Bucks County, as the search resumes Tuesday, July 11, 2017, for four missing young Pennsylvania men feared to be the victims of foul play.

The district attorney of the county of Bucks, Matthew Weintraub said Thursday that the lifeless body of Dean Finocchiaro could be identified, which was not the case for the other bodies found.

It's not clear why Dinardo cooperated. At least three of the four missing men knew one another.

Kratz alleges that DiNardo shot Finocchiaro, the affidavit said. Finocchiaro's body was then placed in a blue tarp and he was tossed into the pig roaster.

DiNardo's father initially bailed him out, but he was jailed again later in the week on the stolen-car charges, and bail was set much higher, after a prosecutor said he was a danger to the community because of his mental health problems.

DiNardo told investigators he promised to sell the men marijuana, but then he made a decision to kill them and keep their money.

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

"Our boys get to go home to their families, which was always our first priority", Weintraub said.

The girlfriend of Moe said investigators had exchanged text messages with his companion up to about 19 hours, and then nothing more, which would be "out of the ordinary and unusual", she says.

According to the affidavit, Dinardo and Kratz returned to the property the next day and buried the tank containing the three bodies. "I'm not sure I could if we could ever answer that question", he said at a news conference Friday afternoon.

"I don't know what convinced him", Weintraub said.

Dinardo and Kratz are cousins, the criminal complaint states.

Dinardo was arrested on Wednesday and charged with stealing and trying to sell a vehicle owned by one of the men.

It was the discovery of Meo's auto on a DiNardo family property a half-mile from the farm that led to DiNardo's re-arrest.

Fire and rescue crews on Thursday were using plywood to help shore up the deep grave as investigators worked inside under intense heat and choking dust. The Bucks County District Attorney's Office did not respond Thursday to defense counsel statements; a briefing is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday.

Asked by the judge if he had anything else to say, Kratz said he'd been shot a few months ago and has trouble putting weight on one leg.

DiNardo has agreed to plead guilty to four first-degree murder counts, attorney Paul Lang said.

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