2 men charged in homicides of missing Pennsylvania men

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Two 20-year-old men have been charged with multiple counts of homicide in the slayings of four young men in southeast Pennsylvania, authorities said. DiNardo was also charged on Friday.

The other missing men are Mark Sturgis, 22, and Thomas Meo, 21, who worked together in construction, and Jimi Taro Patrick, 19, a student at Loyola University in Baltimore.

DiNardo faces four criminal homicide counts and Kratz three. A second suspect, identified in court documents as 20-year-old Sean Kratz, was charged with three counts of homicide in connection to the missing men, according to court documents obtained by ABC News. DiNardo reportedly picked Patrick up at home and drove him to the Soledad Township property, where he discovered that Patrick only had $800. He also said DiNardo sold guns. "They walked to a remote part of the property, where Dinardo said he fatally shot Patrick with a.22 caliber rifle".

The Associated Press is reporting that a person with first hand knowledge of the case says DiNardo killed the men separately, had partner for 3 of the killings.and DiNardo burned and buried the bodies at his family's massive Solebury Township property.

DiNardo told police he then ran over Meo's body with a backhoe, before he and Kratz put the bodies in the metal tank with Finocchiaro. They were identified as that of Finocchiaro, though investigators said they were working to identify the rest of the remains.

At a news conference this afternoon, Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said he made an "agreement" with DiNardo that allowed investigators to locate Patrick's body, which was buried as far as a half-mile away from where the three other bodies were found. Patrick's body was found in a separate grave late Thursday. There, Kratz shot Finocchiaro in the head with a handgun that belonged to Dinardo's mother, Dinardo said, according to the criminal complaint.

Dinardo told police that when they exited the property he shot Meo in the back, who fell to the ground screaming.

The motive for the killings will come out in time, he added. But DiNardo shot him instead.

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Dinardo allegedly poured gasoline into the tank and lit it, the complaint says.

On February 9, police responded to a report of gunfire in DiNardo's neighbourhood and found him in his vehicle with a shotgun, and he told the officers that he had been involuntarily committed, Harran said.

DiNardo told detectives he wrapped Finocchiaro's body in a blue tarp and used the backhoe to remove him from the barn before placing the body into a metal tank, which he referred to as the "pig roaster", according to the court documents.

DiNardo's parents, Antonio and Sandra DiNardo, own the farm in upper Bucks County, a bucolic area with rolling hillsides, new housing developments and historic sites.

Kratz, then 19, of Susquehanna Road in Ambler, was arrested on charges of retail theft, receiving stolen property, possession of an instrument of crime and possession of a controlled substance on December 9 at Macy's in the Willow Grove Park Mall. This week, a prosecutor described him as mentally ill and schizophrenic. At least three of the four missing men knew one another. His attorney said his client had pleaded guilty and was being held on a $5 million bond.

"As parents, Mr. and Mrs. DiNardo sympathize with the parents and families of the missing young men and they are cooperating in every way possible with the investigation being conducted by law enforcement", the family attorney wrote.

On Monday, he was picked up on a weapons charge and held in lieu of $1 million bail. Kratz was arrested later the same day in Philadelphia.

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