Human remains of 4 Pennsylvania men found in found in search
By: Annie Yager, Xiro Xone News July 12, 2017 Updated: 4:01 PM
Authorities have found human remains in their search for four missing young Pennsylvania men and have identified one victim, a district attorney said in a briefing at midnight on Thursday.
Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said one set of remains was identified as 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro. Other remains were found on a sprawling farm in suburban Philadelphia but they still needed to be identified, he said.
DiNardo’s parents, Antonio and Sandra DiNardo, own the farm in upper Bucks County, a bucolic area with rolling hillsides, new housing developments and historic sites. They also own a nearby farm parcel that was also searched and a concrete company near their home in Bensalem, closer to Philadelphia.
Authorities arrested the son of the property's owners, 20-year-old Cosmo DiNardo, earlier on Wednesday on charges he tried to sell one of the missing men's cars a day after he was last seen. A judge ordered DiNardo held on $5 million bail.
DiNardo was described as a person of interest in the investigation after he was first arrested on Monday on an unrelated gun charge. His father put up $100,000 to bail him out on Tuesday.
It is unclear how the four men knew DiNardo, if at all. DiNardo was originally released Tuesday evening to his parents’ home in Bensalem while FBI agents sifted through mounds of dirt from a deep pit they dug on the farm about 20 miles away. Police cadets combed the vast cornfields nearby. Patrick's family members said Sturgis and Meo worked together and Finocchiaro was a mutual friend.
The developments on Wednesday signified a major shift in the investigation of the disappearance of the four men over two days last week. The authorities in Bucks County, a fast-growing suburb with rolling hills and vast estates, have called the painstaking search among the largest law enforcement efforts in the county’s history.