Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub canceled a planned update for 11 a.m. Friday and has now scheduled a 2 p.m. news conference in Doylestown, according to the office's Twitter feed. The missing men are 22-year-old Mark Sturgis, 21-year-old Tom Meo and 19-year-old Jimi Tar Patrick.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity on Thursday because he was not authorized to publicly discuss details of the case against 20-year-old Cosmo DiNardo, who was in custody.
Dinardo, whose parents own the Solebury Township farm being searched, was already in custody after being accused of stealing and trying to sell a auto belonging to one of the missing men. Dinardo then shot Finocchiaro when he was laying on the ground, according to the affidavit. The other three bodies were found in 12 1/2-foot-deep common grave below an oil tank that had been converted into a cooker.
The cousins then allegedly returned on July 8 and used the backhoe to dig a hole in which to bury Finocchiaro, Meo, and Sturgis.
Cosmo Dinardo, 20, was charged with four counts each of criminal homicide, conspiracy and abuse of a corpse as well as with robbery and a weapons charge, documents show. "One way or another", Weintraub said.
DiNardo, whose family owns the sprawling farm property where authorities have focused their search, was jailed on Monday for an unrelated gun charge and released on bail Tuesday.
DiNardo's parents, who own the farm property in Solebury and construction and concrete companies in Bensalem, where they live, declined to comment when they left a court building after their son confessed. It was a shocker for him to discover that they were no more after the investigations.
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.
Using a backhoe, DiNardo then dug a hole to place Patrick's body into, the complaint said.
Kratz and DiNardo had planned to rob Finocchiaro after luring him to the farm, but he was shot in the head by Kratz, the affidavit said. They walked to a remote part of the property, where Dinardo said he fatally shot Patrick with a.22 caliber rifle, according to the affidavit.
He was arrested again on Wednesday for allegedly stealing and attempting to sell Meo's vehicle the day after Meo was reported missing. In seeking $5 million bail on a stolen auto charge this week, prosecutors said he had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. The charge stems from accusations that DiNardo was caught with a shotgun and ammunition in February despite a prior involuntary commitment to a mental health institution. DiNardo also told investigators where the bodies are.
Each victim has been positively identified, Weintraub said, and their family members were briefed on details of the case this morning. Kratz was held at Northeast Detectives Thursday for Bucks County authorities to pick up and question.
Co-counsel Michael Parlow said DiNardo is cooperating with the investigation. One man vanished on 5 July and the others vanished two days later.
The police authorities then ordered the research on all the properties of the torque, in order to find clues that may lead to the four men that it was now no news since five days.