Cadaver dogs led investigators this week to the spot on the family farm where they discovered human remains inside the 12 1/2-foot-deep grave.
They are identified as 22-year-old Mark Sturgis, 21-year-old Tom Meo, 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro, and 19-year-old Jimi Tar Patrick. VIDEO: D.A. Weintraub midnight news conference ThursdayFinocchiaro, 22-year-old Mark Sturgis, 21-year-old Tom Meo and 19-year-old Jimi Patrick have been missing since last week.
Credit: Bucks County D.A.'s Office (BUCKS COUNTY, Pa.) - The person of interest who confessed Thursday to killing four missing Pennsylvania men has been known to police since he was 14 years old, according to authorities.
A 20-year-old man has confessed to killing four men who went missing a week ago, after a body was found on his parents' Pennsylvania farm.
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Weintraub said at a news conference on Wednesday, "I feel that we bought ourselves a little bit of time in charging Mr. Dinardo with the stolen vehicle case today", and he referenced that Dinardo's bail had been set at $5 million.
At least three of the men knew each other.
"In exchange for that confession, Mr. Di Nardo was promised by the district attorney that he will spare his life by not invoking the death penalty".
To what degree DiNardo's mental illness facilitated his murdering mission was yet to be understood.
Weintraub said Patrick's body was located between "half-a-mile and a mile", away from the others, "on top of a mountain", exactly where DiNardo told the DA the body could be found. Both of their cars were found after they were reported missing last week - and DiNardo was arrested after a friend of his told police that DiNardo had approached him about selling Meo's 1996 Nissan Maxima for $500 on July 8.
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It is now unclear how, if at all, the four men knew DiNArdo.
DiNardo's lawyer announced that his client had admitted to the killings and was co-operating with investigators.
It also not clear what their relationships were to DiNardo.
Of the search on the DiNardo property, Weintraub said, "We're not exactly sure what we're going to find there, but we're pretty confident that the investigation is proceeding in the direction we believed that it would".
The DiNardo family also owns a concrete company.
One of the men disappeared last Wednesday; the other three went missing Friday. His bail is set at 10 percent of $1 million.
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