Second person in custody in connection to quadruple murder

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When four young men from Bucks County failed to come home last week, it touched off an exhaustive search that on Friday led to homicide charges against two cousins, Cosmo DiNardo of Bensalem and Sean M. Kratz of Philadelphia.

The missing men are identified as 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro, 19-year-old Jimi Tar Patrick, 21-year-old Tom Meo and 22-year-old Mark Sturgis.

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.

He was released after his father paid a bond but then rearrested on 12 July accused of stealing and trying to sell a vehicle, found on the farm, belonging to Mr Meo. However, Kratz told police that Dinardo was the one who shot Finocchiaro.

Police on Thursday returned to a large Pennsylvania farm to resume digging and sifting through a deep common grave where multiple remains were discovered, including one identified as one of four men missing since last week.

On Wednesday, investigators found Finocchiaro's body in a deep common grave at a Solebury Township farmland property owned by DiNardo's family.

Finocchiaro, Meo and Sturgis all knew each other, the AP reported, and news outlets have reported that cars belonging to two of the men have been located.

DiNardo, whose parents own construction and concrete businesses in the Philadelphia area, has had a few brushes with the law over the past year. "One way or another", Weintraub said.

After killing the men, DiNardo confessed to burning the bodies in a metal tank that was converted into a cooker that he labeled a "pig roaster", according to The Daily Mail. Viewers could watch investigators haul up buckets of dirt and sift it through handheld screens in what looked like an archaeological dig. "I feel so proud of my team and I feel resolve because although we've sped through this week and we've accomplished so much, we have so much more to do in this case".

"And I can tell you because I have been there, we would still be looking for Jimmy Patrick's body if I didn't make that deal", said Weintraub. The remains of Patrick were recovered from a separate location on the farm. Dinardo picked up Kratz, his cousin, and the two drove to Finocchiaro's house and planned to rob him, the affidavit states. 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. Patrick was last seen by his family on July 5 and the others have been missing since July 7.

In requesting his $5 million cash bail, prosecutors revealed DiNardo is a diagnosed schizophrenic who sustained frontal lobe damage in an ATV accident within the past year. That only added to the speculation and rumors before DiNardo's confession.

Earlier this year, authorities charged DiNardo with possessing a firearm despite an involuntary mental health commitment.

A woman listens to Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub speak during a news conference in New Hope, Pa., on Thursday, July 13, 2017.

DiNardo's lawyer says his client is remorseful. "We will also find ways to celebrate Jimi's life and memory". The Bucks County District Attorney's Office did not respond Thursday to defense counsel statements; a briefing is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday.

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