Shocking Turn in Case of Missing Men

DiNardo, who suffers from schizophrenia, confessed Thursday in court to murdering the young men – identified as Mark Sturgis, 22, Tom Meo, 21, Jimi Tar Patrick, 19, and Dean Finocchiaro, 19.Police have been digging on Cosmo DiNardo’s family farm in the summer dust and heat, using plywood to shore up a deep, tent-covered trench where Bucks County district attornet Matthew Weintraub said dogs managed to “smell these poor boys 12 feet [3.5 metres] below the ground”.Bucks County, Pa., police said they arrested a man as they searched for four men who disappeared last week under circumstances a district attorney described as foul play.Finnochiaro, of Middletown Township, and Meo, of Plumstead Township, both in Bucks County, were reported missing last Friday, along with 22-year-old Mark Sturgis, of Pennsburg, Montgomery County.Hours before officials announced that human remains of one of the missing men were discovered, police arrested DiNardo on suspicion of stealing the vehicle belonging to Meo. Remains of all four men were found at a farm owned by DiNardo’s family. In seeking $5 million bail on a stolen auto charge this week, prosecutors said he had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. Weintraub said investigators know who that friend is, but they are withholding his identity “for potential safety”.DiNardo was also charged on Friday.To what degree DiNardo’s mental illness facilitated his murdering mission was yet to be understood.Video aired by KYW-TV showed the handcuffed Dinardo emerging from a meeting with authorities and telling reporters “I’m sorry” when asked what he had to say to the families of the men.Local and state investigators, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, are involved in a massive search for the missing four men in an area north of Philadelphia.DiNardo’s lawyer said his client confessed to the murders in exchange for prosecutors agreeing to not seek the death penalty. We notified his family that we have recovered his body. TIMELINE:Wednesday, July 5-Last reported sighting of Jimi Patrick.Local and state police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation had embarked on an “all hands on deck” foot-and-air search of the farmland, which is owned Antonio and Sandra Dinardo.Police had found Meo’s Nissan Maxima on Sunday at 4 a.m. on the Dinardos’ property and discovered the car’s title, unsigned by Meo, along with his insulin kit for diabetes. However, prosecutors have not yet said exactly how many years in prison Dinardo and Kratz are now facing. RAW VIDEO: Cosmo DiNardo arrives at Bucks Co. prisonBooking photo of Cosmo DiNardo from Wednesday’s arrest On Thursday morning, a grand jury is scheduled to meet at the Bucks County Courthouse in Doylestown. Online records suggest he attended the same Catholic high school as Patrick but was a year ahead.