A 90-acre property on Route 202 in Solebury Township is the main search site in the case of four missing Bucks County men.
On Tuesday, county District Attorney Matthew Weintraub confirmed authorities are concentrating on the farm as the search continues for Mark Sturgis, 22; Tom Meo, 21; Dean Finocchiaro, 19; and and Jimi Tar Patrick, 19. All disappeared suddenly between Wednesday and Friday.
Police are searching for four missing Bucks County men (clockwise from top left) Mark Richard Sturgis, Jimi Tar Patrick, Dean Andrew Finocchiaro, and Thomas Charles Meo. (Bucks County District Attorney’s Office/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
On Monday, investigators brought in a backhoe to aid the 40 to 50 volunteers who are helping to search the property.
“It’s 90-plus acres, and we are going through it with the equivalent of a fine-tooth comb,” Weintraub said. “It’s going to take a very long time.”
Weintraub also confirmed that 20-year-old Cosmo DiNardo, whose parents own the farm, is a “person of interest” in the case. DiNardo was rearrested for firearm charges that had been previously dismissed. After posting bond for 10 percent of his $1 million bail, he was released Tuesday night.
Weintraub continued to ask for the public’s help in providing information on the missing men.
“We are running down every single tip you give us,” he said. At the Tuesday morning press conference, Weintraub cautioned against false reports, calling a report from Monday that bodies were found “simply not accurate.”
Weintraub would not answer questions on why the DiNardo property is the main search site, and stressed that Cosmo DiNardo does not face any charges related to the men’s disappearance.
U.S. marshals, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as area police departments are helping in the investigation.
“This is a marathon, not a sprint,” said Weintraub, promising to release more details as they become available.