The person of interest named in the disappearance of the four Pennsylvania men, Cosmo DiNardo, has confessed to their murders, one of his defense attorneys, Paul Lang, told reporters late Thursday afternoon. Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said he could not identify the other remains at this time, while issuing a fresh appeal for more help from the public. A source familiar with DiNardo's confession said that the bodies of Thomas C. Meo, 21, of Plumstead; Mark R. Sturgis, 22, of Pennsburg; and Jimi Taro Patrick, 19, of Newtown, also buried on the property.
Dinardo is being held on $5 million bail.
The three men drove to the DiNardo farm and ended up in a barn where, according to the affidavit, Kratz shot Finocchiaro in the head with a handgun belonging to DiNardo's mother. The other remains still need to be identified. DiNardo said he then drove a backhoe that was on the property to where Patrick lay, dug a hole no more than 6 feet deep and buried his body, according to the court documents.
For five days, dozens of law enforcement officers searched the farmland owned by Dinardo's parents. Dinardo then took him to a remote part of the property, gave him a shotgun, and then shot and killed him with a 22 caliber rifle, according to the affidavit.
A motive for the killings was not released. Finocchiaro's body was then placed in a blue tarp and he was tossed into the pig roaster.
The search has focused on the extensive property - owned by Dinardo's parents, Antonio and Sandra, according to prosecutors - in Solebury Township.
Their arrests capped a grueling, disturbing week for residents of a bucolic region, the first responders and investigators who serve them, and a nationwide audience that watched the investigation unfold via dozens of local and national media outlets.
Weintraub said that had the death penalty not been taken off the table to get a confession from DiNardo, they may not have found Patrick's body. The charging documents state that DiNardo used a backhoe to pick up both men's bodies, put them in the same metal tank as Finocchiaro and poured gasoline into the metal tank and lit it. Before making the sale, Dinardo picked up his cousin, Kratz, and the pair decided instead to rob Finocchiaro.
Dinardo is also accused of trying to sell one of the missing men's cars.
The men are believed to have been killed by Cosmo DiNardo, a schizophrenic from Pennsylvania, in relation to drug deals. They say DiNardo has a history of mental illness including schizophrenia.
That same day, DiNardo told detectives he met Meo and Sturgis at a church parking lot in Peddlers Village.
He had been previously held on a $1 million bond until Tuesday evening for an unrelated weapons charge.
DiNardo's lawyer says his client is remorseful. An attorney for the family, Fortunato Perri Jr., said in a statement that they were not connected to the alleged homicides.
Investigators have searched the Bensalem residence of Mr. DiNardo; other unidentified locations have also been searched.
A judge dismissed the charge in May, but the Bucks County district attorney's office authorized police to reinstate and refile charges last month.
Police say the Loyola University Maryland student didn't show up for work as a beer runner at a restaurant-bar in nearby Doylestown, CNN affiliate WPVI-TV said.