Human remains found on PA farm, missing man identified

Missing Dean Finocchiaro

At a midnight Wednesday news conference, Weintraub announced that investigators had recovered the remains of Dean Finocchiaro, 19, of Middletown, in a "common grave" on a farm owned by the family of Cosmo DiNardo.

The body identified was that of 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro.

Of the remains found, only Finocchiaro has been identified, although police are not yet saying how many bodies were found and the cause of death. "We are going to bring each and every one of these lost boys home to their families - one way or another - and we will not rest until we do that". Patrick, who was a year behind DiNardo at a Roman Catholic high school for boys, was last seen on July 5; the other three disappeared on Friday. DiNardo and Patrick both went to Holy Ghost Preparatory School in Bensalem.

On Wednesday, a man was arrested in connection to the case.

For five days, dozens of law enforcement officers on foot and by air have searched the farmland owned by Dinardo's parents. -Meo's mother calls police to report him missing.

Weintraub was formally an assistant prosecutor in Cape May County and successfully prosecuted the case against former Wildwood police Sgt. David Romeo, who was convicted of official misconduct for kicking two handcuffed suspects in 2007.

Authorities say the property where the grave was found belongs to Dinardo's parents. DiNardo reportedly tried to sell Meo's vehicle to a friend for $500 a few days later.


Fire and rescue crews on Thursday were using plywood to help shore up the deep grave as investigators worked inside under intense heat and choking dust. DiNardo is now held in Bucks County jail on a cash bail of $5 million. His diabetic kit - which relatives said he would never leave behind - was found in his vehicle.

Dinardo was arrested on Monday, and later released on bail, on an unrelated felony firearms charge, said Weintraub.

At least some of the missing men are friends, but it's unclear how well they knew DiNardo, if at all.

Weintraub couldn't comment on how Finocchiaro died or the conditions of the remains but encouraged the families to stay strong. Friday, July 7-Thomas Meo's girlfriend receives her last text message from him.

Whether the other men knew each other isn't known, though there are "indications that some or all of the men knew one another", the Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub's Office said.

Sturgis and Meo are longtime friends who work in construction for Sturgis' father.

About 50 students, faculty and staff gathered at the university's chapel Wednesday to pray for Patrick and the other three men. The charge stems from accusations that DiNardo was caught with a shotgun and ammunition in February despite a prior mental health commitment. "Make no doubt about it ... we're going to see this investigation through to the end".

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