Trained dogs lead authorities to the body of one of the four men who had been missing in Pennsylvania
The authorities were lead to a “common grave” where they discovered the body of the missing man, along with other human remains. The man has been missing since last week in suburban Pennsylvania, Bucks County district.
During a midnight news conference, attorney Matthew Weintraub identified the man as 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro. The place in which he was found was described as a 12.5 foot deep grave in a property.
“We are not done yet. This is a homicide, make no mistake about it,” Weintraub told reporters.
The grave also contained the remains of other people who have not been identified yet. Dean Finocchiaro was last seen at 6:30 p.m. on July 7.
“We are going to bring each and everyone one of these lost boys home to their families,” Weintraub said.
The discovery has raised curiosity among residents who gathered at a shopping mall a few miles away from the property, waiting for updates.
“We’ve been monitoring everything on Twitter. We wanted to be supportive and comforting for our community,” said Wyatt McLeod who lives in Bucks County.
The Missing Men
Three men and Finocchiaro, aged between 19 and 22, went missing last week within miles of each other.
The first to be missing was Jimi Patrick of Newtown Township. He was last seen at 6 p.m. on July 5. However, he was first reported as missing the following day after neither friends nor his family were able to contact him.
Police mentioned that he also did not shop up for work. He was a beer-runner at a local restaurant-bar.
“He was on the shyer side, but you would get a smile out of him, a little conversation,” bartender Jennifer Albrecht told WPVI.
Only 2 days after this unfortunate event, Finocchiaro, Mark Sturgis, and Tom Meo went missing. They were last seen near the Doylestown area in Bucks County. Neither one of them showed up for work on July 8, as police said.
Investigators were told by Meo’s girlfriend that she had been texting him on July 7 until just before 7 p.m. After that time, she had not been able to contact him, thing that was “out of the ordinary and not common,” court documents said.
While investigations intensified for the missing men, a 20-year-old man was arrested and accused of stealing and attempting to sell Meo’s Nissan Maxima.
Meo’s car was found at a property owned by the DiNardo family, just a day after authorities said that he attempted to sell the car to a friend for $500.
The car was registered to Meo and the keys and title to the vehicle were on the wall inside the farage of the property. Moreover, Meo’s diabetic life-saving kit was also in the car.
DiNardo may be the only one facing charges, but it is unclear whether he knew or had any contact with Finocchiaro and the other missing men.