Searchers resume sifting, searching on Bucks farm for 4 missing men – Philly.com

Tom MarkLast Update : Wednesday 12 July 2017 - 4:53 PM
Searchers resume sifting, searching on Bucks farm for 4 missing men – Philly.com

The search for four missing young men resumed Wednesday morning, as police continued to comb a sprawling property owned by the parents of a 20-year-old man who has been named as a person of interest in the case.

Cosmo DiNardo, 20, of Bensalem, posted $100,000 cash bail Tuesday evening and was released, after his arrest Monday on weapons charges unrelated to the disappearance of the four young men. But Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said DiNardo is a person of interest and cited “obvious links” – such as the extensive search of a Solebury property owned by DiNardo’s parents.

As he has all week since the missing men story began, Weintraub has called a news conference at 11 a.m. to give updates on the case.

Investigators have offered few details about what led them to the 90-acre property. But Weintraub said he feels confident the search, which includes heavy machinery and detailed work of sifting through dirt, will yield answers. He is set to give an update at the site later Wednesday morning.Mark R. Sturgis, 22, of Pennsburg; Thomas C. Meo, 21, of Plumstead; Dean A. Finocchiaro, 18, of Middletown; and Jimi Tar Patrick, 19, of Newtown have been missing since last week. Their families have kept vigil at the field where investigators are searching, awaiting updates from officials.Weintraub has said police received tips that the four men knew each other, but he has continued to urge the public to offer more information about their links to each other and their possible links to DiNardo.

Investigators dig Thursday at the DiNardo family farm off Lower York Road in Solebury using a backhoe to search for clues in the disappearance of four Bucks County men. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer

On June 21, the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office sent a letter to Bensalem police reauthorizing the February charge against DiNardo, which had been dismissed in May by a magisterial district judge. But DiNardo was not rearrested until Monday, after the men had gone missing.

“Quite candidly,” Weintraub said Tuesday when asked about the delay in rearresting DiNardo, “sometimes that’s out of our control.” He stressed that the charges were unrelated to the investigation. DiNardo had previously be involuntarily committed to inpatient mental health treatment, according to court documents, and was arrested in February because that admittance prohibited him from carrying firearms under state law.

Weintraub declined to comment on whether firearms have been recovered as part of the investigation, or on whether cell phone pings had been used or if they had led investigators to the DiNardo property in Solebury.

Antonio and Sandra DiNardo, Cosmo’s parents, have not been named as people of interest in the case. They own multiple businesses in the area, including a trucking and a concrete business, along with large swaths of property in Solebury and Bensalem. They have previously owed hundreds of thousands of dollars to the state and federal governments in unpaid taxes, court records show, but have settled most of the debts.

A bird’s-eye view of the DiNardo family home and barn off Lower York Road in Solebury, where investigators, for a third day, are looking for clues Thursday in the disappearance of four Bucks County men. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer

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