Weintraub held a dramatic midnight news conference to announce that remains had been found buried deep underground after four days of searching a farm property north of Philadelphia.
"This is a homicide, make no mistake about it", Weintraub said. It is unclear whether Patrick knows any or all of the men, but Patrick and DiNardo appear to be Facebook friends. News crews gathered Thursday morning at the Bucks County Courthouse in Doylestown in anticipation of a reported appearance by Mr. DiNardo's parents before a grand jury on Thursday, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
Cadaver dogs led authorities to the spot on the 90-acre (36-hectare) farm in Solebury Township where they discovered the remains inside a 12½-foot-deep (3.66-meter-deep) common grave.
"We're going to bring each of these lost boys home to their families, one way or another", Weintraub said.
Investigators from numerous agencies have been working around the clock to find out what happened to four Bucks County men who went missing last week. Still counted as missing are Thomas Meo, 21, of Plumstead Township; Mark Sturgis, 22, of Pennsburg; and Jimi Patrick, 19, of Newtown Township. The first of the men to disappear, Jimi Tara Patrick, 19, was last seen on July 5.
Meo's girlfriend told investigators that she had been texting with him on Friday until just before 7 p.m. Meo and Sturgis were last seen together that same night. Patrick disappeared a week ago. Inside the auto was Meo's insulin, which he needed to survive.
DiNardo was charged after authorities, using license tag tracking devices, found Meo's 1996 Nissan Maxima on the same farm where the body was discovered. DiNardo allegedly tried to sell Meo's vehicle for $500 to a friend, Weintraub said.
Cosmo DiNardo was being held on US$5 million (NZ$6.83 million) cash bail after he was charged with trying to sell another victim's auto after he disappeared. He was released following that arrest after his father posted a bond. "It is my hope that he does not post that [$5 million bail], but that's his prerogative, of course, if he could post it, but we're going to start looking seriously at the homicide charges and, in fact, we already have pursued that option", said Weintraub.
As reported by Blasting News, 20-year-old #Cosmo DiNardo was arrested Monday. Those 'other human remains' have yet to have been identified.
"This investigation is still wide open", Weintraub said. In Pennsylvania, a district attorney's office may ask a police department to rearrest a person if the case's statute of limitations has not expired. That's not fair to anyone.