A man has been arrested as police continue to search for four young men who all disappeared within just three days of each other, possibly as a result of ‘foul play’.
The FBI joined local officers in wide spread searches that have been underway on Monday for the four missing men known as 22-year-old Mark Sturgis, 21-year-old Tom Meo, 18-year-old Dean Finocchiario, and 19-year-old Jimi Tar Patrick. Patrick was the first to vanish, with him last being seen on Wednesday. The other three turned up missing all on Friday.
Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub shared with reporters:
‘The leads are incredibly hot, they’re very fruitful. We’re making great progress, but there’s so much more work to do. We’re not going to rest until we get through every inch of that property.’
He went on to say that there seems to be ‘a lot of strong indications’ pointing investigators to focus on the farm property. Weintraub shared that FBI officers had been called in to join the search because of their skillfulness in recovery operations, which was used at the farm.
The DA closed the press conference by telling reporters while he hopes the four young friends are still alive, he described the search effort as like looking for ‘needles in a haystack’.
‘I don’t know how this is going to end up, unfortunately, but I am confident that we are going to get to the bottom of this,’ he said.
The farm is owned by Antonio DiNardo, 46, and Sandra DiNardo, 47, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The newspaper added the couple’s 20-year-old son, Cosmo DiNardo, was taken into custody Monday afternoon on a firearm charge from February and he is currently being held on a bond of $1 million.
The charge is not related to the disappearances. Cosmo DiNardo was taken into custody at one of the other properties being searched, which is where he lives and is owned by his family. Heavy equipment was also being used during the search, which had grown on Monday to include seven different agencies. Sturgis and Meo are longtime buddies, while Finocchiaro is a mutual friend. Sturgis’ father, Mark Potash, said he did not know where his son was heading or what he was doing before he disappeared Friday.
He informed the media on how he first became afraid when his son and Meo were a no show on Saturday morning at his construction business.
‘I thought maybe they had a night of drinking and slept somewhere… that was my hope. They are just really good kids… I can’t even begin to imagine, at this point, as the hours pass, it seems more and more grim.’
Authorities are working to ascertain whether there is a connection between the four men who disappeared, aside from the fact that they were all friends who knew each other.
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