U.S. man confesses to killing four in Pennsylvania

Cosmo Dinardo has confessed to killing the four young men
Cosmo Dinardo has confessed to killing the four young men
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19 July, 2017

ORIGINAL STORY: Pennsylvania authorities and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are searching for four young men between the ages of 19 and 22 who vanished within days of each other last week, one on Wednesday and three on Friday.

The search was launched after the four men went missing over the span of three days.

Weintraub said Wednesday that investigators had not found human remains on the property, but he said they had recovered important pieces of evidence about the missing men at that site and at other locations.

"This is a homicide; make no mistake about it".

Citing state law, Weintraub declined to speak about whether or not a grand jury has convened, but he did say that authorities are using "every" type of investigative tool to find the missing men.

Meo's friend, 20-year-old Eric Beitz, claimed DiNardo sold drugs, guns, and has bragged about a time when he had someone killed over a debt.

The auto was still registered to Meo and had not been legally exchanged.

Cosmo was charged with stealing a vehicle that belonged to Meo, and he was held on $5 million bail.

According to an affidavit of probable cause obtained by Digital First Media, DiNardo, who is diagnosed with schizophrenia, tried to sell Meo's vehicle, a 1996 Nissan Maxima, to a friend who lives in Bensalem for $500 on Saturday night.

The 20-year-old, who Weintraub had earlier termed "a person of interest" in the case, was charged Wednesday afternoon with stealing a auto belonging to another of the missing men, Thomas C. Meo, and jailed with bail set at $5 million.

Top L-R- Jimi Patrick Thomas Meo Lower L-R- Dean Finocchiaro Mark Sturgis
Clockwise from top left Jimi Patrick Thomas Meo Mark Sturgis Dean Finocchiaro

"We're going to start looking seriously at the homicide charges and in fact we already have pursued that option", Weintraub said, noting he could not comment on the type of homicide.

Cosmo DiNardo, 20, was initially arrested on July 10 on a firearms possession charge unrelated to the cases of the missing men, CNN reported.

Dinardo was charged with one count each of theft and of receiving stolen property, according to the criminal complaint.

NBC10's Keith Jones tracks a timeline of the Bucks County missing men case. The district attorney made his Thursday morning comments before DiNardo confessed.

When asked how the family members of the four victims are holding up, Weintraub said they are doing "as best as can be expected".

For five days, dozens of law enforcement officers have searched the farmland owned by DiNardo's parents.

Human remains found in a 12-and-a-half foot deep common grave. Investigators set up tents and began searching the spot.

DiNardo was originally arrested earlier this week over illegally possessing a shotgun and ammunition on a charge filed back in February, but was bailed.

Susan Mangano and her teenage daughters said this quiet community has not seen anything like this before. "As a parent, it's been sickening to watch this".


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