The victims were 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro, 19; Mark Sturgis, 22; Tom Meo, 21, and Jimi Taro Patrick, 19. The next day, DiNardo and Kratz dug a deep hole using the backhoe and buried the whole tank.
After picking up Finocchiaro at his Middletown home, the three drove to the Solebury property. When they made it to the barn, Kratz shot Finocchario in the head. DiNardo reportedly told investigators he felt cheated or threatened by the men during a drug deal. The prosecutor had said he thought a backhoe may have been on the property.
- Later that day, Meo and Sturgis met similar fates in their pursuit of weed. That's when Dinardo told investigators he agreed to sell Patrick four pounds of marijuana for $8,000.
Court documents note the Dinardo then wrapped Finocciaro's body in a blue tarp, put the body in metal tank he called "the pig roaster" and set Finocciaro's body on fire. Before making the sale, Dinardo picked up his cousin, Kratz, and the pair decided instead to rob Finocchiaro.
According to court documents, DiNardo and Kratz planned to sell $700 worth of marijuana to Finocchiaro on Friday but instead chose to rob him.
Patrick went missing July 5, while Finocchiaro, Meo and Sturgis all disappeared July 7.
"He's told me and my friends, 'Yeah, I've killed people before, I just haven't been caught", the man said.
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.
"He was on the shyer side, but you would get a smile out of him, a little conversation", bartender Jennifer Albrecht told WPVI.
Weintraub said he believed Dinardo and Kratz are the only ones involved in the killings, but said more information could change that position.
The charges relate to the killings of Patrick, Meo, Sturgis and Finocchiaro.
Police found the missing men after a grueling, five-day search in sweltering heat and pelting rain, but it's still not clear why the 20-year-old suspects' crimes escalated from petty offenses.
Meo's girlfriend told investigators that she had been texting with him on Friday until just before 7 p.m. Meo fell to the ground and was screaming, he said.
The victims were discovered buried on the sprawling property owned by Dinardo's parents in Solebury Township, according to a statement from the district attorney's office. The vehicle was found on the DiNardo family's property.
Cosmo DiNardo, the main suspect in a case of four missing men in Pennsylvania, admitted to their murders on Thursday.
Investigators say this is Meo's auto. "I'm sorry", he said. The charge stems from accusations that DiNardo was caught with a shotgun and ammunition in February despite a prior mental health commitment. He was legally prohibited from owning a firearm because he had been involuntarily committed. "I feel relief", Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said. One stems from a December 2016 incident that resulted in the filing of burglary, criminal trespassing, theft, receiving stolen property, and other charges. The 68-acre farm cost $5.4 million in 2005, according to NBC News.
DiNardo's lawyer said on Thursday: "He confessed to his participation or commission in the murders of the four young men". DiNardo sold quarter-pound quantities of marijuana for several thousand dollars and sold handguns to area residents, the person said. The FBI has sent an evidence response team to help with the investigation and is helping local detectives manage incoming tips.
Cadaver dogs led police to a homemade grave where they came upon multiple human remains.
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