Pennsylvania man in custody for allegedly stealing missing man's vehicle

Pennsylvania man in custody for allegedly stealing missing man's vehicle

Pennsylvania man in custody for allegedly stealing missing man's vehicle

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.

Wil Snyder, 19, who called himself one of Finocchiaro's best friends, told the Bucks County Courier Times that Finocchiaro worked a retail job.

"Make no mistake about it: We don't know how many homicides", Weintraub said.

Additional human remains were found inside the grave, but have not been identified yet.

"We're going to bring each of these lost boys home to their families, one way or another", Weintraub said.

The three men still missing are 22-year-old Mark Sturgis of Pennsburg, 21-year-old Tom Meo of Plumstead and 19-year-old Jimi Tar Patrick of Newtown.

Authorities are still trying to ascertain a connection between the five men, but have learned that both Patrick and DiNardo were friends on Facebook, and apparently attended the same high school together a year apart in grade.

The discovery is a bleak development in the investigation, which prompted a massive search effort across the suburban Philadelphia county. -Meo's mother calls police to report him missing. DiNardo allegedly tried to sell Meo's auto for $500 to a friend, Weintraub said.

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Patrick, the first of the four to go missing, just finished his first year at Loyola University in Maryland, a Jesuit school.

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. He was released from Bucks County jail on Tuesday night after 10 percent of his $1 million bail was paid by his father. Also found in the Nissan was Meo's insulin kit for treatment of his diabetes, which the the district attorney said he "never went anywhere without". No charges related to the killing of Finocchiaro or the found human remains have yet been filed, Weintraub said.

Some of the tips they've received are "bearing fruit", Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub told reporters Wednesday. Cosmo DiNardo, 20, is described as an heir to vast real estate holdings of his family.

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

Jimi Patrick, Tom Meo and Mark Sturgis still have yet to be found.

Weintraub emphasized that while authorities have focused on DiNardo, "this investigation is still wide open". He was prohibited from possessing a firearm because he had a mental illness and had been involuntarily committed to a mental institution for inpatient care, court documents said.

No one has been charged in Finocchiaro's death or the disappearance of the other men. Investigators say he told his father he was going to meet Meo.

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