Timeline: Man Admits to 4 Killings; Search Continues for Bodies

Credit Courtesy          DINARDO

Credit Courtesy DINARDO

Cosmo DiNardo and Sean Kratz, both 20, are charged with homicide, conspiracy, robbery and abuse of a corpse.

Dinardo and Kratz are cousins, the criminal complaint states. DiNardo's lawyer announced Thursday that his client had admitted to the killings and was cooperating with investigators.

Those cadaver dogs were central in locating the body of Dean Finocchiaro, 19, one of four missing men in Bucks County, he said.

Dinardo, who was arrested for theft on Wednesday, confessed to his involvement in the murders the next day, his attorney Paul Lang said.

"Make no doubt about it", said Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub during a late Wednesday night press conference, according to Thursday, July 13, release.

"They're down 12-foot deep in a hole that's getting deeper by the minute", Weintraub said Thursday. The person says a co-conspirator was involved in three of the killings.

A second suspect has also been arrested and charged in three of the deaths.

Mark Sturgis, 22, of Pennsburg tells his father he plans to meet later with his friend Tom Meo, 21, of Plumstead Township.

The body of a missing man has been identified among the remains in a common grave discovered in Solebury Township, Pennsylvania.

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Credit Courtesy KRATZ

The person with knowledge of the confession said one of the men was killed July 5 and the other three were killed July 7. He was Facebook friends with Patrick but had no apparent connection to the other men.

Authorities had charged DiNardo earlier this year with having a gun despite an involuntary mental health commitment. DiNardo's bail was set at $5 million in cash, the highest that Bucks County Magisterial District Judge Maggie Snow has ever set, she said.

Police said they found Meo's diabetic kit inside the vehicle. On Saturday, they got a break: Mr. Finocchiaro's cellphone was tracked to the farm in Solebury Township, where they found Mr. Meo's auto.

Weintraub later Thursday morning held another press conference where he did not reveal any new details on the case but acknowledged the large-scale police operation in which officers from cadets to State Police to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents worked round-the-clock shifts in "dust-choked, sweltering heat" to find the remains.

DiNardo says it was Kratz who killed Finocchiaro, with a Smith and Wesson 357 handgun that DiNardo provided.

The "all hands on deck" investigation into their whereabouts centered on a farmland property in Solebury Township owned by Antonio and Sandra Dinardo. Officials found Meo's 1996 Nissan Maxima at 4 a.m. Sunday near property belonging to the DiNardo family. He did not say how Finocchiaro died.

Cosmo DiNardo has confessed to his role in four murders. Dinardo allegedly used the backhoe to lift their bodies up and put them in the metal tank with Finocchiaro's body, according to the complaint.

Beitz also said that DiNardo once bragged about killing someone over a debt. "Our deep thanks to this strong group of friends", the statement said.