Over the last week and a half four young men from Bucks County vanished. After an intense investgative probe and an exhaustive search on a Solebury Township farm, a team of investigators, compromised of local and state police, the F.B.I. and police cadets, the bodies of the four young men would be unearthed and the cause of their violent deaths would be revealed.
20 year old, Cosmo DiNardo from Bensalem and his cousin, 20 year old, Sean Kratz from Northeast Philadelphia are behind bars without bail, both charged with multiple counts of murder. Bucks County D.A. Matt Weintraub says, DiNardo faces four counts of criminal homicide, robbery and abuse of corpse. Kratz faces three counts of criminal homicide, conspiracy to commit criminal homicide, abuse of a corpse, and robbery. Weintraub, at a Friday afternoon news conference, outlined how DiNardo and Kratz carried out the murders from July 5th to July 7th. Cosmo DiNardo, who was arrested on a gun charge last week, was released after his father posted 10 percent of 1-million dollars bail. DiNardo’s freedom wouldn’t last long after police charged him with trying to sell the car of 21 year old Thomas Meo of Plumstead, whose body, along with the boides of 22 year old, Mark Sturgis of Pennsburg, 19 year old Dean Finocchiaro of Middletown, and 19 year old Jimi Patrick of Newtown would be discovered on two different sites on the Solebury farm. In an effort to keep DiNardo behind bars on the theft charge of trying to sell Meo’s car, bail was set at 5-million dollars. Weintraub gave credit to search teams who found the four young men.
“These men and women worked in shifts and had to be ordered to stand down when their shifts were over so that other team members could search. They did not want to stop searching for these young men to bring them home to their families.”
Weintraub says, DiNardo admitted to taking part in the killings last Thursday when he was told the death penalty would be taken off the table if he cooperated. DiNardo then told investigators about the role his cousin, Sean Kratz, played in the murders. The motive, according to DiNardo, was over the sale of marijuana. He told Weintraub he thought he was getting ripped off and then resorted to lethal viiolence. The investigation sought to determine if the four missing men knew each other, but in the final analysis of the case the four young men had the misfortune of crossing paths with DiNardo and Kratz. DiNardo’s parents own the Solebury farm.