Law enforcement officials in Bucks County made a solemn announcement late Wednesday night acknowledging that human remains had indeed been found on a 90-acre property being searched in connection with the disappearances of four missing men. His lawyer also confirmed that prosecutors agreed to take the death penalty off the table for his cooperation in the case.
The search continues for the four young Pennsylvania men who disappeared last week.
DiNardo and Patrick attended high school together at Holy Ghost Preparatory School in Bensalem.
Authorities are investigating after four men, aged between 19 and 22 years old, went missing over several days last week within miles of each other in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
"We've been treating this from the outset as a criminal investigation, and nothing has deterred that to this point", Weintraub said, according to NBC.
The AP, citing an affidavit procured by the Bucks County Courier Times, reported that DiNardo was accused of having a shotgun and ammunition in February, even though he has a history of mental illness that has included voluntary commitment.
DiNardo's parents, Antonio and Sandra DiNardo, own the farm in upper Bucks County, a bucolic area with rolling hillsides, new housing developments and historic sites.
Finocchiaro's remains were found, Weintraub said in a press conference early Thursday. As DiNardo was led away in handcuffs, he said, "I'm sorry". Finocchiaro, Sturgis and Meo were last seen on Friday, while Patrick was last seen Wednesday.
DiNardo tried to sell Meo's Nissan Maxima to a friend, court records show. DiNardo, rearrested for firearm charges that were previously dismissed, is being held on $1 million bail. The car's title was inside the vehicle, unsigned by Meo, along with his insulin kit. He was charged with theft and receiving stolen property after he tried to sell Meo's auto, a 1996 Nissan Maxima, to a friend for $500.
"We have not recovered any human remains that I can report", Weintraub told reporters at a briefing this morning near the search site.
The Associated Press, citing a person with firsthand knowledge of his confession, reported the DiNardo had a co-conspirator.
All four victims are believed to be buried on a farm property in Solebury, Pa., owned by DiNardo's family.
Weintraub said Tuesday DiNardo is considered a person of interest in the disappearances.