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    PA - Four young men, 18-22, Bucks Co., 5-9 July 2017 #8 *Arrests*




    Police continue searching for 4 missing Pennsylvania men, identify ‘person of interest’ in the case

    July 11, 2017

    The disappearance of four young men last week has touched off an extensive criminal investigation in a picturesque rural area outside of Philadelphia in one of Pennsylvania’s wealthiest counties.

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    Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said in a news conference Monday that foul play is suspected in the disappearances, and that leads are “incredibly hot.” At a briefing Tuesday, Weintraub said someone in custody on unrelated charges is believed to be a “person of interest” in the case.

    The first to go missing, Jimi Tara Patrick, 19, was last seen Wednesday. Then, on Friday, Mark Sturgis, 22; Tom Meo, 21; and Dean Finocchiaro, 18, also vanished. Some or all of the missing men appear to know each other, authorities said. Two of them, Sturgis and Meo, worked together at Sturgis’s father’s construction business.

    Sturgis was last seen leaving his house Friday night to visit Meo, Sturgis’s father told NBC 10. When the two men didn’t show up for work Saturday morning, Sturgis’s father, Mark Potash, grew worried, he told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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    Finocchiaro, a mutual friend of Sturgis and Meo, was last seen Friday night getting into a vehicle driven by another individual, who is not missing, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

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    Authorities on Monday arrested Cosmo DiNardo, 20, whose family owns the farm, on a previous weapons charge that had initially been dismissed.

    Weintraub said Tuesday that DiNardo “is a person of interest in this case,” but he emphasized that there is a big difference between being of interest and being charged with something, noting that the chasm “is so wide that we never cross it” in some cases.

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    breaking: Cosmo dinardo defense attorney says client confessed to 'participation in murders of four young men

    breaking: Cosmo dinardo defense attorney says his client has confessed to "participation in murders of four young men."

    defense attorney paul lang wouldn't say if others are involved in the killings, but says the four men who are murdered are the four missing since last week.

    Lang says dinardo's confession comes in exchange for the district attorney's promise not to pursue death penalty.

    cosmo dinardo: 5 fast facts you need to know

    1. Months before his arrest, dinardo was left for more than a day stranded in the woods with a brain injury following a quad biking accident

    a friend of dinardo’s told heavy.com that “six or seven months” before his arrest, though another source said the injury occurred closer to november 2016, dinardo suffered a head injury following a quad biking accident. The friend said that dinardo was stranded in the woods alone for around a day and a half with injuries, including broken bones and bleeding on his brain.

    2. Dinardo allegedly once bragged about having someone killed over a debt

    one of dinardo’s friends, eric beitz told philly.com that he had spoken to dinardo in the weeks before the disappearances. Beitz said that dinardo had been selling marijuana and guns while also bragging about having someone killed over a debt.

    3. Dinardo’s parents are being subpoenaed in relation to the case

    the courier times says that the home in solebury is owned by antonio and sandra dinardo of bensalem. Cosmo dinardo is their son. His parents have been subpoenaed in relation to the search. They are expected to be questioned about dinardo’s whereabouts around the time of the disappearances.

    4. Dinardo planned to become a biology major at arcadia university

    according to an article on arcadia university’s website, dinardo planned to become a biology major at the school. The piece lists him as being a member of the class of 2019. Dinardo told the site, “i’m going to go overseas, hopefully to italy and the rest of europe.”

    5. Sturgis’ father described his son & tom meo as ‘just really good kids’

    nbc philadelphia reports that sturgis and meo became friends while they worked for sturgis’ father, mark potash’s, construction company. Potash told the philadelphia inquirer that when his son didn’t show up for work he “thought maybe they had a night of drinking and slept somewhere. That was my hope.”

    timeline: Disappearance of 4 men in bucks county
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    two 20 year olds accused of luring 4 men to farm and killing them

    two men charged with homicide in four solebury slayings

    sean kratz: 5 fast facts you need to know

    1. Kratz is accused of scheming to rob one of the missing men before shooting him on a barn floor
    2. Sean kratz recently survived being shot six times & pinned the blame for the bucks county murders on dinardo
    3. Sean kratz was accused of several philadelphia burglaries & was out on bail
    4. A neighbor called kratz a ‘nice kid’ & there was an attempt to burn the bodies
    5. The four missing men were described in positive terms by families & friends

    kratz criminal complaint: https://bucks.crimewatchpa.com/sites..._documents.pdf

    dinardo criminal complaint http://dig.abclocal.go.com/wpvi/bruc..._documents.pdf
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    My brain stops every time on someone wanting to buy $8000 worth of marijuana and supposedly only showing up with $800.

    Nobody is this stupid. I don't even buy drugs and wouldn't ever do this. So...this makes me think that the circumstances the murderer(s) give could be delusional or could be fake. I'm still waiting for more "reasons" to be given and otherwise regard these murders as a spree set off by an unknown event to us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by michmi View Post
    My brain stops every time on someone wanting to buy $8000 worth of marijuana and supposedly only showing up with $800.

    Nobody is this stupid. I don't even buy drugs and wouldn't ever do this. So...this makes me think that the circumstances the murderer(s) give could be delusional or could be fake. I'm still waiting for more "reasons" to be given and otherwise regard these murders as a spree set off by an unknown event to us.
    I'm still looking at the SK angle.
    He recently was shot multiple times in NW Philly some months ago according to SM post and MSM.
    This sounds like it could be classified as an attempted murder.
    Maybe one or more of the 4 deceased boys knew something about it or was somehow involved with it and CD found out and planned a revenge hit ?

    Some of these kids were into the gangsta rap and videos, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michmi View Post
    My brain stops every time on someone wanting to buy $8000 worth of marijuana and supposedly only showing up with $800.

    Nobody is this stupid. I don't even buy drugs and wouldn't ever do this. So...this makes me think that the circumstances the murderer(s) give could be delusional or could be fake. I'm still waiting for more "reasons" to be given and otherwise regard these murders as a spree set off by an unknown event to us.
    Thpugh I think you are right that the true motive is going to be a muddle of perhaps "Narco" fantasies mixed with being inherently violent and having a pre-disposition to kill people mixed with mental illness, the 800 vs 8,000 amount probably has a lot of reasonable explanations.

    My very general understanding of the prices of illegal drugs is that they can fluctuate a lot based on quality, quantitiy, who is selling them and who is buying them. In effect, there are no price tags and comparison shopping can be difficult.

    Likewise, there is probably room for negotiation on both sides, changing needs, changing availability and a lot of bluffing and image hype ("I am a big time buyer, I have "Y" to spend for "Z". "I am a big time seller, of course, I have "Z"- but it sells for premium price "P". In reality, neither the murderer nor the victim were probably at the same level as their image projected. My guess is that $800 was their standard deal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by michmi View Post
    My brain stops every time on someone wanting to buy $8000 worth of marijuana and supposedly only showing up with $800.

    Nobody is this stupid. I don't even buy drugs and wouldn't ever do this. So...this makes me think that the circumstances the murderer(s) give could be delusional or could be fake. I'm still waiting for more "reasons" to be given and otherwise regard these murders as a spree set off by an unknown event to us.
    Loosely following but I agree. I think there's something more to this.
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    New here and still catching up. I'm obsessed with figuring out why they would get into his car and I have two thoughts I haven't seen mentioned.
    1 - DF was scheduled to work that evening. I think CD was his ride.
    2 - If TM and MS got out of their car and into CD truck voluntarily TM would have taken his keys and most likely put them in his pocket. Those wouldn't have been easy to retrieve after his death and would possibly be damaged.
    Just my thoughts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gcholewa View Post
    New here and still catching up. I'm obsessed with figuring out why they would get into his car and I have two thoughts I haven't seen mentioned.
    1 - DF was scheduled to work that evening. I think CD was his ride.
    2 - If TM and MS got out of their car and into CD truck voluntarily TM would have taken his keys and most likely put them in his pocket. Those wouldn't have been easy to retrieve after his death and would possibly be damaged.
    Just my thoughts.
    JP also got into CD's truck which has been reported on this site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gcholewa View Post
    New here and still catching up. I'm obsessed with figuring out why they would get into his car and I have two thoughts I haven't seen mentioned.
    1 - DF was scheduled to work that evening. I think CD was his ride.
    2 - If TM and MS got out of their car and into CD truck voluntarily TM would have taken his keys and most likely put them in his pocket. Those wouldn't have been easy to retrieve after his death and would possibly be damaged.
    Just my thoughts.
    Yes-how did he get the keys and title?? Even if the title were left in the car. did CD explain how the car ended up on the other property?


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    He said TM parked it there and then CD drove them to the farm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gcholewa View Post
    He said TM parked it there and then CD drove them to the farm.
    TM's car is something that has had me stumped all along. TM, MS (in MS's car) and CD (in his truck) had to drive by the entrance to the farm to get to the property where they parked the car... then back track to go to the farm altogether in CD's truck. What was the point of doing this? I can only think that TM planned to leave the car there with CD either as a trade for something, collateral for something or because CD was going to buy it. CD is the one who told the story about the car though so maybe he lied. Maybe he took the car, the keys and the title over to the other property after the murder. But, I doubt it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pepper 34 View Post
    TM's car is something that has had me stumped all along. TM, MS (in MS's car) and CD (in his truck) had to drive by the entrance to the farm to get to the property where they parked the car... then back track to go to the farm altogether in CD's truck. What was the point of doing this? I can only think that TM planned to leave the car there with CD either as a trade for something, collateral for something or because CD was going to buy it. CD is the one who told the story about the car though so maybe he lied. Maybe he took the car, the keys and the title over to the other property after the murder. But, I doubt it.
    Apparently Meo's diabetic kit was still in the car, so he's unlikely to have intended to leave it there. I think CD gave some reason why no one could drive their car there (like a bad road, or not wanting neighbours to see) , and the others said OK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gcholewa View Post
    New here and still catching up. I'm obsessed with figuring out why they would get into his car and I have two thoughts I haven't seen mentioned.
    1 - DF was scheduled to work that evening. I think CD was his ride.
    2 - If TM and MS got out of their car and into CD truck voluntarily TM would have taken his keys and most likely put them in his pocket. Those wouldn't have been easy to retrieve after his death and would possibly be damaged.
    Just my thoughts.
    Maybe he left the keys in the car.

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    Bbm: Social media can be so dreadful. And while yes, buying illegal drugs can be a risky business, who in this day and age thinks kids don't try or buy a little pot? But pounds of pot, and guns and ammo? All the victims had lives, jobs, successes at school, church, girlfriends, etc. I think LE will find out, and I think kids, friends, and parents in these circles are wondering the very same thing as you.

    I absolutely believe LE will investigate this confession. They could have been lured by many things because he knew them, one from school, and was acquaintances with the others? They were not strangers.

    This evil sociopath that killed these young men I believe he was justifying himself, in his own theater, and quite possibly throwing his 'lesser' cousin under the bus, too.
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    Am I misunderstanding because I thought it was stated that 2 of the victims had arrest records and DF was due in court this summer for Assault and drug procession? This is just a simple statement it by no means belittles what was done. I just am confused when people state that the victims had no run in with the law themselves.
    Hi Jasp - I didn't state that noone had no run in with the law. Just that they had lives. Didn't three of them not show for work? So even if a couple got into trouble, even if they were buying pot, they weren't arrested for it.

    I guess that is partly me reacting to victim judgement on social media that GirlinPhilly had brought up. And it is a good point, about how will these victims be remembered? Is the confession of a madman what sticks?.

    I don't believe these kids were buying pounds, or guns, or ammo, either...
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