At a rare midnight press conference, Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said the remains of 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro, one of the four young men who went missing last week, have been recovered from the Solebury Township property where investigators have concentrated their search efforts for the past four days.
Jimi Patrick, 19, of Newtown Township, has been missing since last Wednesday and Mark Sturgis, 22, of Pennsburg, and Thomas Meo, 21, of Plumstead Township, and Finocchiaro of Middletown Township have been missing since Friday.
Cadaver dogs led investigators to the 12-foot deep grave on Wednesday.
Dinardo was arrested on Wednesday and charged with stealing and trying to sell a auto owned by one of the men. But Weintraub is not calling Cosmo DiNardo a suspect in the disappearance of the young men.
The nation has turned its anxious gaze to rural Pennsylvania where four young men have mysteriously disappeared. DiNardo was arrested on Monday on unrelated firearms charges and was held in jail with a bond of $1M. Police have not revealed how the man found died but did say the body identified was that of Dean Finocchiaro. When Weintraub was asked if officials believe foul play is involved, he said it did seem so.
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The AP, citing an affidavit procured by the Bucks County Courier Times, reported that DiNardo was accused of having a shotgun and ammunition in February, even though he has a history of mental illness that has included voluntary commitment. Sturgis' auto was found there, his father said, adding that Meo's vehicle was found in a garage near the DiNardo property.
NBC 10 reports that DiNardo's parents are Antonio and Sandra DiNardo, who amassed the 90 acres of farmland starting in 2005 when they purchased 68 acres of farmland for $5.4 million in Bucks County.
Police say the 19-year-old also didn't show up for work.
Mr Patrick and Mr DiNardo both attended the same high school, a year apart, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.
"I am still encouraged by the pace of the investigation, but as you can imagine, it's just massive in scope", Weintraub said.