'Incredibly Hot' Leads in Search for Missing Men

Cops search 3 Pa. properties belonging to family
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2017 10:01 AM CDT
'Incredibly Hot' Leads in Search for Missing Men
Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub holds up photos of four missing men during a news conference on Monday.   (Clem Murray/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Authorities in Pennsylvania are scouring several properties belonging to one family as the search for four missing men heats up. At least three properties belonging to a couple who own a concrete business were searched in Bucks County beginning Sunday, reports WPVI. Those included a 68-acre farm in Solebury Township, a home in Solebury, and a home in Bensalem Township. It was there that 20-year-old Cosmo DiNardo, the son of the home owners, was arrested Monday and charged with a gun violation. The charge stems from an incident in February in which DiNardo was allegedly found to have a shotgun and ammo despite a history of mental illness. The charge had earlier been dismissed, per the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Police haven't stated whether they believe DiNardo is involved in the disappearance of Jimi Tar Patrick, 19, last Wednesday, followed by that of Dean Finocchiaro, 18; Mark Sturgis, 22; and Tom Meo, 21, all on Friday. However, DiNardo is friends with Patrick on Facebook, and Finocchiaro's cellphone was tracked to the farm in Solebury, the New York Times reports. Sturgis' father, whose son was last seen with Meo, says Meo's car was found in a garage in the Solebury home near the farm, which police searched using metal detectors and a backhoe on Monday. District Attorney Matthew Weintraub says "incredibly hot" leads have so far proved "very fruitful." But he adds foul play is suspected. He refused to say whether he believes the missing men are still alive. (Read more missing person stories.)

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