DiNardo and Kratz Charged with Murder in Missing Bucks Men

Small-town Pennsylvania left ‘disoriented in shock’ by grisly murders

Investigators searched a sprawling suburban Philadelphia farm after the disappearance of four young men.

Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub told reporters Friday that DiNardo's confession led investigators to uncover Patrick's body about a half mile away from the common grave "on top of a mountain".

The confession comes after investigators arrested and jailed DiNardo on charges he tried to sell one of the victim's cars.

Dinardo, whose parents own the Solebury Township farm being searched, was already in custody after being accused of stealing and trying to sell a vehicle belonging to one of the missing men. When they made it to the barn, Kratz shot Finocchario in the head. The county prosecutor said earlier Wednesday that important evidence was found there and other locations, but that no human remains have been located. And Dean Finocchiaro, 18, of Middletown Township, Bucks County, was also last seen alive Friday.

Weintraub held a dramatic midnight news conference to announce that remains had been found buried deep underground after four days of searching a farm property north of Philadelphia.

"Four people? I mean, this is something he thought about", Patrick said.

Dinardo said he gave Kratz a.357 handgun belonging to his mother, and then drove all three to the Solebury property.

In his confession, Dinardo detailed a series of shocking killings with no clear motive.

All the victims were buried on a farm property in Solebury, Pennsylvania, owned by DiNardo's parents.

Residents expressed surprise at the mystery unfolding around them, something highly unusual in this area.

The farm Finocciaro's body was found on belong's to Dinardo's father. He was out of ammunition, so he ran over Meo's body with the backhoe and used the machine to place both bodies in the same tank where he'd set Finocchairo's corpse. Cadaver dogs led authorities to discover the grave on the property Wednesday, Weintraub said.

Police say the two suspects are cousins.

"When they (Meo and Sturgis) turned their backs on me, I shot Tom in the back", Dinardo allegedly told detectives questioning him, according to a criminal complaint. Eric Beitz, a friend of one of the missing men, told the Philadelphia Inquirer that DiNardo was "aggressively" seeking new customers to sell marijuana and guns to and that some of the men first met DiNardo while he was trying to sell them weed. A separate AP story quotes a source as saying DiNardo sold pot by the quarter-pound. An affidavit in that case said he is "known to be suffering from mental illness".

A week later while being interviewed a second time by police, DiNardo told investigators he arranged an $8,000 marijuana deal with Patrick on July 5.

Authorities had charged DiNardo earlier this year with having a gun despite an involuntary mental health commitment.

Patrick, 19, was shot and killed on July 5, and Dinardo allegedly used a backhoe to dig a 6-foot-deep hole and bury him, the affidavit states. The Bucks County District Attorney's Office had no response to the lawyer's comments on Thursday night. An attorney for the family, Fortunato Perri Jr., said in a statement that they were not connected to the alleged homicides. He was named a person of interest in the disappearances the next day, but he was released from custody after he posted a $1 million bail, 10 percent of which was paid in cash.

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