Multiple sets of human remains were unearthed from a 12-foot-deep mass grave on an isolated Pennsylvania farm early Thursday as authorities continued digging for the bodies of four young men who disappeared last week.
Officials were able to identify one of the victims as 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro — who vanished last week along with Mark Sturgis, 22, Tom Meo, 21, and Jimi Tar Patrick, 19. Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said he could not identify the other remains at this time.
Cosmo DiNardo, 20, remained a person of interest in the case. The grisly discovery was made on his father’s farm and DiNardo was arrested Wednesday for allegedly trying to sell Meo’s car for $500 on July 9 — a day after Meo was last seen. That 1996 Nissan Maxima was also found on the family’s farm, which is about 30 miles north of Philadelphia.
DiNardo was being held on $5 million bail.
It is unclear how the four men knew DiNardo, if at all. DiNardo was originally released Tuesday evening to his parents’ home in Bensalem while FBI agents sifted through mounds of dirt from a deep pit they dug on the farm about 20 miles away. Police cadets combed the vast cornfields nearby. Patrick’s family members said Sturgis and Meo worked together and Finocchiaro was a mutual friend.
Weintraub said police would “continue digging and searching that property until we’re satisfied that they are not there.”
“This is just really, really rough on everybody involved because of the heat, the magnitude, the scope — and the stakes are incredibly high — life and death,” he said
DiNardo was originally arrested Monday on a charge that had earlier been dismissed, accused of possessing a shotgun despite a previous mental health commitment.
Weintraub sought a high bail for DiNardo on the gun charge because he now considers him a flight risk. The father, Antonio DiNardo, posted $100,000 Tuesday to bring his son home after the initial arrest.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.