The case of four missing men in Bucks County, Pennsylvania has taken yet another twist.
As reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer on July 13, the “person of interest” in the case, Cosmo DiNardo, told his friends that “he wasn’t worried” about the men’s whereabouts days after they were reported missing.
In a text conversation through the mobile application Snapchat shared by an anonymous friend to the newspaper, DiNardo suggested that Dean Finocchiaro was on the run from authorities.
“Cosmo isn’t your buddy Dean missing,” one friend asked in the group thread, according to the newspaper. “Aren’t you worried about buddydead dean.”
“I mean I know the kid but yeah I feel bad for his parents,” DiNardo reportedly replied. “He’s a pill-popping junky who had 2 duis … He prob just jumped parole Or probation.”
The acquaintance also shared an undated photo of DiNardo pointing what looks to be a revolver at the camera with a stern look on his face (in the image at the top of the page).
At midnight July 13, Bucks County District Attorney Matthew D. Weintraub announced in a press conference that authorities had discovered the remains of a man positively identified as Finocchiaro on the 90-acre farm they had been searching. Finocchiaro’s remains, along with others, were found at the bottom of a 12-foot grave, Weintraub said. They were led to the area by cadaver dogs who were searching the area.
The friend who shared the Snapchat messages with The Inqurier said that he met DiNardo in a parking lot in Bensalem to buy marijuana and also noted seeing someone in the passenger seat of his pickup truck that he didn’t know. The friend said that the man in the truck looked very similar to Finocchiaro.
Finocchiaro, along with Mark Sturgis, 22, of Pennsburg; 21-year-old Thomas Meo of Plumstead Township, and 19-year-old Jimi Tar Patrick, of Newtown Township, were all reported missing by friends and family members at different times last week, starting July 5.
On July 10, DiNardo was arrested by police on a weapons charge. Prosecutors in Bucks County had previously asked the Bensalem Police Department to arrest Cosmo for the charge, which had been dismissed, but didn’t until then.
The Morning Call reported that DiNardo’s gun charge was in relation to a violation of mental health laws.
According to the report, Cosmo was in possession of a Savage Arms 20 gauge shotgun and ammunition. Pennsylvania law says that Cosmo wasn’t allowed to be in possession of a gun because he was once committed into a mental health hospital.
Police acted on the weapons charge and arrested Cosmo on July 10 and he was held on $1 million bail. However, he was released from jail after his father Antonio posted 10 percent of the bail in cash. But less than 24 hours later, Cosmo found himself behind bars yet again, this time on a different charge relating to Meo.
Cosmo was charged with stealing a car that belonged to Meo, and he was held on $5 million bail. According to police, data from a mobile license plate reader showed that a truck that belonged to Antonio passed a road sometime before 8 p.m. on July 7, about one mile away from the DiNardo property. A short time after that, Meo’s car followed.
On July 9, a 1996 Nissan Maxima belonging to Meo was found at a separate property that belonged to the DiNardos, this one on Aquetong Road, about two miles away from where another vehicle belonging to one of the missing men — Mark Sturgis — was located.
Meo, a diabetic, had to have his life-saving medication with him at all times. When the vehicle was located, it was found with his insulin kit and glucose meter with it, Weitraub said at a press conference. Meo’s keys were hanging on a wall inside the DiNardo family home.
On July 12, DiNardo’s parents, Antonio and Sandra, were were subpoenaed to appear in front of a grand jury the next day.
Nobody has been charged in the murders of the men yet, and digging on the property where the remains were initially were discovered continued, WFMZ reported.
“They are down 12 food deep in a hole that is getting deeper by the minute,” Weintraub said.