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Investigation Intensifies Overnight – Bucks County DA Finally Schedules Next Briefing

July 14, 2017

Trevor Newcomb

The Bucks County District Attorney’s Office announced via Twitter Friday morning that District Attorney Matthew Weintraub’s 11 a.m. press brief that was postponed is now rescheduled for 2 p.m.

The reason for the delay was not announced. The 2 p.m. briefing will be held at the Bucks County Administration Building in Doylestown. Weintraub’s usual location for these briefings had been on Lower York Road a few blocks away from the DiNardo family’s Solebury home where the main focus of the investigation for the four missing men has been.

It seems like much more progress has been made in the case since Thursday’s surprise confession from “person of interest” Cosmo DiNardo. One of DiNardo’s defense attorney’s, Paul Lang, announced that his client admitted “his participation or commission in the murders of the four young men.”

The admission came half a day after Weintraub announced investigators had found human remains in a 12-and-a-half foot deep common grave on the Solebury property. Weintraub declared they were able to identify one of the bodies as 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro, of Middletown. Finocchiaro was one of the four missing men and hadn’t been seen since going missing on Friday, July 7.

Various media outlets made reports through out the night a second person of interest has been taken into custody. By Friday afternoon, Sean Kratz, 20, has been identified.  According to, amongst others, Kratz was picked up from a home on the 800 block of Magee Avenue in Philadelphia.

According to public records, the owners of the home are Vanessa and Giuliano B. Amodei.

DiNardo has four friends with the surname Amodei on his Facebook account, including a Vanessa Amodei.

The Associated Press has reported that a “source with firsthand knowledge” of the confession told them that DiNardo killed all four men following drug transactions. They also reported that DiNardo was assisted by a second person.

The following is an excerpt from the AP story:

Cosmo DiNardo killed four young men in Bucks County after he felt cheated or threatened during three drug transactions and then burned their bodies at his family’s farm in Solebury, a person with firsthand knowledge of his confession told the Associated Press. 

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 the 20-year-old DiNardo.

“Every death was related to a purported drug transaction, and at the end of each one there’s a killing,” the person said.

DiNardo, 20, then burned the bodies at his family’s farm in Solebury Township, the person said, adding that a co-conspirator was involved in the deaths of three of the men. 

As a law enforcement official escorted a shackled DiNardo from the courthouse on Thursday, he said, “I’m sorry. 

The person with knowledge of the confession said one of the men was killed July 5 and the other three were killed July 7.

Of the four men, Jimi Taro Patrick, 19 of Newtown, went missing July 5 while the other three – Michael Sturgis, 22, of Pennsburg, Tom Meo, 21, of Plumstead, and Finocchiaro each disappeared on July 7.

According to his lawyer, DiNardo will not face the death penalty for his crimes on the condition of his guilty plea.

Stay tuned to WBCB 1490 for the 2 p.m. conference from Doylestown. It will be available for viewing on Facebook Live at Wbcb 1490am Radio or tune in on your radio dial.

By |July 14th, 2017|

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Charlotte is the current news director at WBCB 1490 AM. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Temple University. And is always looking for a story -