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Human remains found in search for missing men, 1 victim ID’d

A day after a man here confessed to his role in killing four Pennsylvania men whose disappearances set off an intensive search, questions remained Friday about what unfolded in the rolling hills north of Philadelphia.Additional information on the mysterious case is expected to be delivered by authorities at 2 p.m. EDT on Friday.(Undated) – Police on Thursday returned to a large Pennsylvania farm to resume digging and sifting through a deep common grave where multiple remains were discovered, including one identified as one of four men missing since last week.At the press conference Friday, he said that three of the bodies were located underneath an old oil tanker that had been converted into a “cooker” of some sort.The back-to-back arrests bought investigators time as they scoured the farm and other spots across the county for clues to the men’s disappearance, Weintraub said. The fourth body was found buried nearby, prosecutors said.Officials have publicly said they identified the body of Dean Finocchiaro, 19, found in the common grave.”I don’t understand the science behind it, but those dogs could smell these poor boys 12½ feet below the ground”, Weintraub said.DiNardo also had been arrested Monday and held on $1 million bail on an unrelated gun charge before his father paid $100,000 to bail him out Tuesday.At a press conference early Thursday morning, shortly after midnight, Weintraub addressed DiNardo, saying, “I feel that we bought ourselves a little bit of time in charging Mr. DiNardo with the stolen auto case today and getting that 5 million dollar bail”.Two days later, DiNardo agreed to sell Finocchiaro a quarter of a pound of pot for $700 and picked him up from his Middletown home with Kratz, who DiNardo told authorities is his cousin.According to a statement from the office of Bucks County District Attorney Matthew D. Weintraub, DiNardo said he had driven all four victims – first Patrick and then the others – to the farm for what the men believed would be a deal to purchase marijuana. Dinardo then ran over Meo with a backhoe before using it to lift both Meo and Sturgis’ bodies into a metal tank where he already had placed Finocchiaro’s body. They vowed to “bring each and every one of these lost boys home to their families, one way or another”.Weintraub said the victims’ families were holding up “remarkably well”.”They’re tenderly, painstakingly, reverentially recovering the remains of people they do not even know”, Weintraub said.The prosecutor, who has held twice-daily briefings, made it clear early Thursday he knew a lot more than he was saying, citing the need to protect the investigation.