Police on Wednesday found several bodies buried in a 12-foot mass grave on a Pennsylvania farm – and investigators said they believe at least one of the bodies is one of four men who went missing last week.
Officials said they believe they recovered the remains of 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro on the sprawling Bucks County farm that belongs to the family of Cosmo DiNardo, who has been arrested in connection with the case.
“This is a homicide, make no mistake about it,” Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said at a late-night press conference. “We’re not done yet.”
Multiple bodies were found in the “common grave,” Weintraub said, adding that investigators are working to identify the other victims.
The gruesome discovery is the latest development in the search for Finocchiaro, Jimi Taro Patrick, 19; Mark Sturgis, 22 and 21-year-old Tom Meo. Patrick vanished last Wednesday. Sturgis, Meo and Finocchiaro disappeared two days later.
“We are going to bring each and everyone of these lost boys home to their families. One way or another,” Weintraub said. “We will not rest until we do that.”
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No charges have been filed in connection with the discovery, Philly.com reports.
The statements came just hours after police announced that they had re-arrested 20-year-old DiNardo and charged him with stealing Meo’s car. He allegedly attempted to sell the vehicle for $500.
Meo is a diabetic, according to authorities, who said that his “diabetic kit” was found in the vehicle. Meo was never known to go anywhere without his medication.
Cops are trying to determine how the men knew each other. Sturgis and Meo are longtime friends who work in construction for Sturgis’ father. Finocchiaro is a mutual friend of theirs.
It is unclear whether Patrick knows any or all of the men, but Patrick and DiNardo appear to be Facebook friends.
DiNardo was initially arrested on an unrelated gun charge earlier this week as investigators focused on the massive farm in their search for the missing men. DiNardo lived on the property with his family.
DiNardo is being held on $5 million bail, Weintraub said. And WPVI reports that a grand jury is scheduled to meet on Thursday.
In a statement released through their attorney, the DiNardo family said that they are cooperating with the investigation, according to WPVI.