DiNardo and Kratz Charged with Murder in Missing Bucks Men

Alicia Cross
July 16, 2017

Dinardo, who was arrested for theft on Wednesday, confessed to his involvement in the killings the next day, his attorney Paul Lang said. He hoped the higher bail would hold him even longer, but acknowledged it might not.

DiNardo, 20, is charged with all four homicides and 20 other counts, including abuse of corpse, conspiracy and robbery, according to court documents. 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.

A massive search has been underway since Sunday of a sprawling farm north of Philadelphia.

The prosecutor has dribbled out details of the investigation at twice-daily briefing near where the remains were found.

The Baltimore Sun reports Director of Campus Ministry Sean Bray says the group wants to honor the request of Patrick's grandmother to "storm heaven with our prayers for Jimi's safe return".

In a letter to the Loyola community, university President Rev. Brian F. Linnane said he joined students, faculty and staff in reeling with the news. At least three knew each other. Not even 24 hours after he was released on bail, he was arrested for stealing a auto belonging to Meo.

The next day, July 8, the cousins returned to the farm and used a backhoe to dig a hole and bury the bodies still in the container.

The charges relate to the killings of Jimi Patrick, Thomas Meo, Mark Sturgis and Dean Finocchiaro, who went missing within miles of each other in Bucks County.

The four men, all residents of Bucks County, disappeared last week.

"I don't understand the science behind it, but those dogs could smell these poor boys 12-1/2 feet below the ground", Weintraub said.

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Police have spent four days searching a farm owned by the DiNardos family for evidence of the missing men. They found the remains of the three bodies Thursday and by the evening had gotten Dinardo to confess. On the way there, they agreed to rob him.

"At a time of such grief, let's seek strength in the comfort and compassion we can offer to one another". The DiNardos have not commented. He allegedly attempted to sell the vehicle for $500.

"Every death was related to a purported drug transaction, and at the end of each one there's a killing", the person said, according to AP.

After killing Finocchiaro, Sturgis and Meo, DiNardo and Kratz put their bodies into a large container - what DiNardo called a "pig roaster" - and burned them using gasoline, according to the affidavit.

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.

Close friends Sturgis and Meo were last seen near the Doylestown area, CNN affiliate KYW-TV reported.

When he was taken into custody, Kratz was out on bail for separate charges, with two pending burglary cases in Philadelphia courts. His family owns the farm.

DiNardo, 20, was first arrested Monday and held on $1 million bail on an unrelated gun charge before his father paid $100,000 to bail him out Tuesday. The person said a co-conspirator was involved in the shooting deaths of three of the men, who had been reported missing.

The DiNardo family's lawyer, Fortunato Perri Jr., had previously said in a statement that Cosmo DiNardo's parents are cooperating with law enforcement.

Authorities say the men who went missing last week are believed to be victims of foul play.

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