4 young men vanish within days of each other, authorities suspect foul
- Author: Jon Douglas Jul 13, 2017,
Jul 13, 2017, 0:16
At least five municipal police departments, the Bucks County Detectives, Pennsylvania State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are involved in the search for four young area men who have been missing since last week, District Attorney Matthew D. Weintraub said at a news briefing this morning.
Weintraub said no human remains have been recovered at this point at the site, which contains a house and barn.
Authorities said they know more than they're telling. It's the "totality of circumstances" that help law enforcement decide when a missing person needs to be found quickly. "We're going to keep digging and searching that property until we're satisfied that they are not there". "I sure believe there is", he said during a news conference on Monday afternoon. Montgomery County lent police cadets to aid in the investigation.
Weintraub identifies the missing men as 22-year-old Mark Sturgis, of Pennsburg; 21-year-old Tom Meo, of Plumstead; 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro, of Middletown; and 19-year-old Jimi Tar Patrick, of Newtown Township. Weintraub said bail was set high over concerns that DiNardo might be a flight risk. There was no indication whether Cosmo DiNardo, Sandra DiNardo or Antonio DiNardo were involved in the disappearances of the four men. Some or all of the missing men appear to know one another, authorities said.
Weintraub has described the son of the farm property's owners, Cosmo DiNardo, 20, as a person of interest in the case but did not call him a suspect.
Weintraub also said the search was intensifying and he was confident that evidence would be discovered to bring finality to the investigation. He was arrested Monday on a charge that had earlier been dismissed, accused of possessing a shotgun despite a previous mental health commitment. The charge had been dropped, but was refiled Monday.
Police have received "a ton of leads" and are making progress, but the entire 90-acre property is of interest to investigators, Weintraub said.
Foul play is suspected in the disappearance of the men, Weintraub said Monday.
Two of the missing men, Sturgis and Meo, are longtime friends who work in construction for Sturgis' father, Mark Potash.
The mystery began when a 19-year-old college student, Jimi Patrick, was reported missing last Wednesday.
The fourth person to vanish was Dean Finocchiaro, 18, who was last seen in Middletown Township around 6:30 p.m. on Friday.
Finocchiario and Patrick were reported missing last week, while Meo and Sturgis were reported missing on Sunday. All were last seen within days of each other. "He is 5'9", 150 pounds and has brown hair and hazel eyes.
Police are now scouring "every inch" of the DiNardo property. He also said that based on information that he "can't share", foul play was likely involved in the disappearance of the young men.
Sources tell U.S. media that a ping from a mobile phone belonging to one of the men led investigators to the farmland property.