A 20-year-old man has confessed to killing four young men who disappeared in Pennsylvania last week, his lawyer says.
Investigators found the body of one of four missing young men along with other human remains buried on a Pennsylvania farm, and vowed to “bring each and every one of these lost boys home to their families.”
District Attorney Matthew D. Weintraub said the victims found in a 12-foot grave on the Solebury Township tract include Dean A. Finocchiaro, 19, of Middletown. No charges had been filed in connection with the grim discovery. But the remains comprise multiple bodies and investigators are still examining evidence to identify the other victims.
Cadaver dogs led them to the spot on the 90-acre (36-hectare) farm in Solebury Township where they discovered human remains inside a 12 ½-foot-deep (3.66-meter-deep) common grave.
“I don’t understand the science behind it, but those dogs could smell these poor boys 12 1/2 feet below the ground,” Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said at a midnight news conference.
The body identified was that of 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro. Weintraub did not say how he died. The other remains have not yet been identified. The missing men are 22-year-old Mark Sturgis, 21-year-old Tom Meo and 19-year-old Jimi Tar Patrick. Patrick, who was a year behind DiNardo at a Catholic high school for boys, was last seen on Wednesday, while the other three vanished on Friday.
“This is a homicide, make no mistake about it,” Weintraub said at a midnight news conference, stressing the “painstaking” search for clues would continue. “We’re not done yet.”
Authorities identified one of the victims as 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro.
“We can now identify Dean Finocchiaro, 19 years old of Middletown, as one of the people that was found buried in that grave,” Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said. “He has been missing since Friday and we notified his family that we have recovered his body.”
Also missing since Friday are 22-year-old Mark Sturgis and 21-year-old Tom Meo. Ninteen-year-old Jimi Tar Patrick, a student at Loyola University in Baltimore, disappeared on Wednesday.
Authorities are trying to identify the other remains that were found in the 12.5-foot-deep grave on the sprawling farm in suburban Philadelphia.
DiNardo apologized as he left a courthouse in shackles Thursday.
“I’m sorry,” he told reporters.
A person who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity said the victims were shot in the head or the back after DiNardo felt cheated or threatened during three drug transactions.
DiNardo sold quarter-pound (113-gram) quantities of marijuana for several thousand dollars and sold handguns to area residents, the source said.
He was also accused of trying to sell Meo’s car after he went missing.
DiNardo’s lawyer said he confessed to avoid the death penalty.
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