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Valuable Evidence Surfacing in Search for Missing 4 Men, DA Says

July 12, 2017

Contact: Larry R. King, 215.348.6298, lrking@buckscounty.org

Cosmo DiNardo

       Cosmo Dinardo

Bucks County District Attorney Matthew D. Weintraub said evidence continues to surface at a Solebury property that has become the center of an investigation into the whereabouts of four young area men missing since last week.

"We have not recovered any human remains that I can report," Weintraub told reporters at a briefing this morning near the search site. "But we have recovered several important pieces of evidence at this site where we are currently working very hard with the majority of our manpower, and at other locations.

"This is just really, really rough on everybody involved because of the heat, the magnitude, the scope and the stakes that are incredibly high, life and death."

Weintraub refused to respond to media reports that grand jury subpoenas have been served as part of the investigation.,

"I am prohibited by law from even telling you that there is a grand jury impaneled here in Bucks County," he said. "But I want to assure the public that we are utilizing every resource at our disposal to try to find these four missing men and to solve this case."

Still missing are Jimi Patrick, 19, of Newtown Township, Mark Sturgis, 22, of Pennsburg, Montgomery County; Dean Finocchiaro, 19, of Middletown Township, and Tom Meo, 21, of Plumstead Township. Patrick has been missing since Wednesday, the others since Friday.

Their loved ones continued to maintain a vigil on the perimeter of the Solebury property.

"We are going to keep searching that property until we are satisfied that they are not there," Weintraub said of the missing young men.

"We continue to receive tips hourly, and some of them are bearing fruit, so please keep them coming."

On Tuesday Weintraub identified 20-year-old Cosmo Dinardo of Bensalem as a "person of interest" in the investigation. Dinardo's parents own the Solebury property being searched. He was released yesterday evening from the Bucks County Correctional Facility after his father posted 10 percent of $1 million bail on an unrelated firearms charge.

Under the conditions of his bail, Dinardo must appear for all scheduled court appearances and keep authorities notified if his address changes.

Despite the focus on Dinardo, Weintraub said, "This investigation is still wide open. We are going to go where it leads us. We don’t pick a person and then try to build a case around that person. That’s not fair to anyone. As of this moment, he remains a person of interest. But if others arise and we can name them, we will.”

Weintraub continued to urge anyone who has information that could be helpful to the investigation to call 215-297-8201, or to click the "Submit a Tip" tab on this page. Persons leaving tips on Crimewatch may do so anonymously.

The next media briefing is scheduled for 3 p.m. today in Solebury.

Approved for release by Matthew D. Weintraub, District Attorney.

Office of the District Attorney
Bucks County Justice Center
100 N. Main Street
Doylestown, PA 18901 
Phone: 215-348-6344 
Fax: 215-348-6299

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