Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub gave a press conference Tuesday morning updating the media on the latest developments in the search for four young men who all went missing last week.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, four men, including two who worked together, disappeared between Wednesday and Friday of last week: Mark Sturgis, 22, of Pennsburg, Montgomery County; Tom Meo, 21, of Plumstead Township; Dean Finocchiario, 19, of Middletown Township; and Jimi Tar Patrick, 19, of Newtown Township (pictured left to right).
Weintraub had previously told reporters that investigators believe foul play is involved, and are focusing their search on a property in Solebury Township, about 30 miles north of Philadelphia.
On Monday, police arrested Cosmo DiNardo, 20, on firearm charges. Weintraub confirmed at Tuesday’s press conference that DiNardo’s relatives own the property that investigators are focusing on in the search for the missing men. He reiterated that DiNardo is not a suspect, but is a person of interest in the investigation.
“Mr. Dinardo has been arrested on charges that do not relate or pertain to this case,” Weintraub said, cautioning reporters not to jump to conclusions about DiNardo’s involvement.
“The chasm between being a person of interest and someone who is accused or convicted of a crime is so vast that we sometimes never cross it,” Weintraub said.
The District Attorney also shut down a false report that investigators had recovered four bodies on Monday night.
“That is simply not accurate,” Weintraub said. “We have not uncovered any human remains up to this point.”
Weintraub implored the public to continue to come forward with tips, saying that investigators are particularly interested in any information that connects the four missing men to each other, to DiNardo, or to the Solebury Township property.
Two of the missing men, Sturgis and Meo, worked together for Sturgis’s father. Sturgis was reportedly going to meet Meo when he disappeared on Friday.
“We need the public’s help right now,” Weintraub said. “We are running down every single tip that you give us.”
The Bucks County District Attorney’s office will hold a second news conference Tuesday afternoon.
Feature photo: Police handout