Four men disappeared over two days.
Jimi Patrick, 19, was the first to vanish. He was last seen around 6:00pm on July 5. Two days later, Mark Sturgis, 22, and Tom Meo, 21, were last seen in Doylestown at around 6:00pm. Dean Finocchiaro, 18, was the last to be seen at 6:30pm that same day
Bucks County, Pennsylvania isn’t known for violent crime. It’s a small, quiet county just north of Philadelphia. When these four young men disappeared without a trace, it led the county to cast a wide net and place all their resources in getting these boys back home. Through news media and social media, Bucks County police departments and the district attorney’s office pleaded for the public’s help.
“They are just really good kids. I can’t even begin to imagine. At this point, as the hours pass, it seems more and more grim,” said Sturgis’ father, Mark Potash. When Sturgis didn’t show up for work he thought that “maybe they had a night of drinking and slept somewhere.
“That was my hope.”
The county was scoured. Finocchiaro’s cell phone pinged to a farm in Solebury Township, where Meo’s car was found in a garage. Sturgis’ car was found in Peddlers Village in Lahaska. And Finocchiaro’s cell phone was tracked to a farm near where both of those cars were found. It led investigators to an 80-acre family farm owned by the DiNardo family.
After some searching, bodies were found.
The bodies of three of the missing four young men were found in 12-foot-deep graves. Finocchiaro, Sturgis, and Meo were all identified. The fourth, Patrick, was still missing. Police had good reason to believe he was somewhere on the DiNardo property.
Which led investigators to Cosmo DiNardo, 20. He apparently had a connection to all four men. Accoridng to a friend of Meo’s, DiNardo “aggressively sought new customers” for his marijuana and firearms dealings. Meo and Sturgis had already met DiNardo when buying weed. Patrick knew DiNardo having both attended Holy Ghost Preparatory High School in Bensalem.
DiNardo was initially taken into custody in a firearms case, the following day calling him a “person of interest” in the disappearances. He was arrested for allegedly possessing a shotgun and ammunition he’s not permitted to have because of his mental health issues. He’s got quite a history. The firearms charge was dropped, however, and DiNardo was then charged with stealing Meo’s car.
DiNardo was arrested and later confessed to the killings of the four men. In exchange for avoidance of the death penalty, DiNardo agreed to lead police to Patrick’s body. According to DiNardo’s attorney his client, “did give a full confession and he was very forthright and gave all relevant details that he could.” A second suspect, Sean Kratz, 20, who has been charged in the killings of Finocchiaro, Sturgis, and Meo.
There is no official motive yet for these killings. But DiNardo, who has a history of mental illness and run-ins with police, has allegedly talked about wanting to kill people. As he was being led by authorities into a police van, he was asked if he had anything to say to the families he answered, “I’m sorry.”