The next day, Meo's mother reported him missing. He instructed the men to follow him to his family's property where Kratz was waiting. The next day, Kratz and DiNardo used the backhoe to dig a 12-foot-deep hole and put the tank containing the bodies in the hole.
Cosmo Dinardo wrapped the body of Dean Finocchiaro in a blue tarp last Friday night and attempted to drag the victim out of his family's Bucks County barn until the tarp got stuck on a nail.
DiNardo, who was arrested Wednesday after trying to sell a victim's vehicle July 9, reportedly named a co-conspirator involved in three of the killings during his confession, who was then taken into custody Thursday, the Associated Press reported.
DiNardo was the first to be arrested Thursday and confessed after authorities agreed not to seek the death penalty. The Bucks County District Attorney said early this morning that one set of remains has been identified as 19 year old Dean Finochiaro.
"I don't know what convinced him (to confess)".
"I'm not sure", he said, "we could ever answer that question".
According to NBC News, the district attorney says "we may never know" why DiNardo and Kratz-both 20-allegedly killed the four men, though all four deaths appear tied to drug deals.
DiNardo told authorities that a co-conspirator from Philadelphia was involved in three of the deaths, the person said.
DiNardo's exact participation remains unclear.
On Thursday, his attorney was in Philadelphia court to request a continuance for further investigation in that case.
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Dinardo told investigators that he picked up Patrick at Patrick's home on July 5 - after agreeing to sell him four pounds of marijuana for $8,000 - and then drove to the family property. DiNardo told Patrick he could sell him a shotgun for another $800.
Kratz and DiNardo had planned to rob Finocchiaro after luring him to the farm, but he was shot in the head by Kratz, the affidavit said.
Three of the slain men were buried at the farm, in Solebury, in an oil tank that had been converted into a cooker.
Police were back at the farm Thursday, digging away in the dust and the 90-degree-plus heat and using plywood to shore up the deep, tent-covered trench that they excavated at the spot where Weintraub said dogs smelled "these poor boys 12½ feet below the ground". The criminal complaint in the case said the keys and title to the auto were found hanging up on the wall inside the garage of the property.
Sean Kratz, left, and Cosmo DiNardo. Finocchiaro's body was then placed in a blue tarp and he was tossed into the pig roaster.
On July 7, Dinardo picked up Kratz, described as a cousin and then drove to Finocchiaro's home.
DiNardo admitted blasting Thomas Meo, 21, in the back and gunning down Mark Sturgis, 22, as he ran for his life. DiNardo then used the same backhoe to transport the bodies. They have a construction company and cement. James Jackman, a 19-year-old who works at Antiques at the Old Church, right next to the farm, said that for this part of Pennsylvania to have a homicide investigation is "definitely out of character".
Dinardo had been arrested Monday on an unrelated charge of firearm possession stemming from a February offense, Weintraub said. They say DiNardo has a history of mental illness including schizophrenia. Kratz was held at Northeast Detectives Thursday for Bucks County authorities to pick up and question.
Finocchiaro and the three others went missing over several days last week within miles of each other.