Second Person of Interest in Pennsylvania Murders Reportedly in Custody
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Jul 16, 2017,
Jul 16, 2017, 0:41
Cosmo DiNardo, a 20-year-old linked to a Pennsylvania farm at the center of a search for the four missing men, was arrested Wednesday, July 12, 2017, on charges he tried to sell one man's vehicle after he went missing, authorities said in announcing the first big break in the case. Matthew Weintraub, the District Attorney had high hopes that these persons were alive.
In exchange for the cooperation and confession, Defense attorney Paul Lange says prosecutors were taking the death penalty off the table. "The family feels disgusting".
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.
DiNardo was arrested earlier this week on charges stemming from the investigation. 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. DiNardo, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, buried Patrick in the hole and later gave authorities the specific location where his remains could be found.
Investigators have found the body of one of four missing young men along with other human remains buried on a farm in the United States, and have vowed to "bring each and every one of these lost boys home to their families". "I'd like to think he wanted to get these boys home", Weintraub said, explaining the surprise plea agreement forged Thursday that led to the final body.
In this aerial photo, investigators work under tents as they search for clues in the disappearance of four men, Thursday, July 13, 2017 in Solebury, Pa. Cosmo DiNardo, 20, a jailed man. Weintraub's office would not confirm or deny media reports that Dinardo had implicated a co-conspirator and that someone in Philadelphia was taken into custody late Thursday night.
The memorial ceremony is set for the Garden of Reflection 9/11 Memorial in Newtown Township, the hometown of one of the victims, Jimi Taro Patrick, 19.
Suspect Cosmo DiNardo attended a Catholic boys school with one of the missing men, Jimi Tar Patrick.
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The saga began on July 5. There, Kratz shot Finocchiaro in the head with a handgun that belonged to Dinardo's mother, Dinardo said, according to the criminal complaint.
Two days later after Patrick disappeared, Finocchiaro went missing along with Mark Sturgis, 22, of Pennsburg, and Thomas Meo, 21, of Plumstead Township. Another press conference is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday in Doylestown.
The men's disappearances have shaken the community. "I talked to him just about every day", said neighbor Bill Hale. He then took him to a remote farm and shot him with a 22 caliber rifle and used a backhoe to dig a grave to bury the body. The criminal complaint in the case said the keys and title to the auto were found hanging up on the wall inside the garage of the property.
Finocchiaro, Meo and Sturgis all knew each other, the AP reported, and news outlets have reported that cars belonging to two of the men have been located. DiNardo's parents also owned the farm. Weintraub did not say how he died.
Dinardo had been arrested Monday on an unrelated charge of firearm possession stemming from a February offense, Weintraub said.
Investigators say DiNardo is an admitted drug dealer with a history of mental illness, CBS2 reported. In the first instance, he was accused of committing burglary, criminal trespassing, theft, receiving stolen property and others. He is being held on $5 million bail.
Earlier in the week, the family issued a statement through another attorney, Fortunato Perri Jr. He instructed the men to follow him to his family's property where Kratz was waiting.
Dinardo's parents own a construction and cement company called Cosan LLC.