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Here’s what we know about the four men — Dean A. Finocchiaro, Thomas C. Meo, Jimi Tar Patrick and Mark R. Sturgis — whose were murdered earlier this month in Bucks County.
Dean A. Finocchiaro
The remains of Finocchiaro, a 19-year-old from Middletown, were located in a deep grave Wednesday on the Solebury Township farm where scores of law enforcement officers have been searching for the missing men. Finocchiaro was last seen on Friday, July 7. He was seen being picked up by a fifth person, who is not missing, according to authorities, but has not been identified.
Finocchiaro and Cosmo DiNardo, the 20-year-old son of the Solebury property owners who has been identified as a “person of interest” in the case, appeared to share an interest in ATVs, according to Facebook posts.
Condolences and expressions of surprised poured in on social media after prosecutors disclosed the discovery of his remains. “You would never think something like this would happen to your own family,” Johnny Finocchiaro wrote on Facebook.
A friend of Finocchiaro said the two went to Maple Point Middle School and Neshaminy High School together. The friend, Eric Zigman, called Finocchiaro a good person and said it was unlike him to disappear without notifying friends or family
He had two pending criminal cases in Bucks County Court stemming from arrests earlier this year, involving possession of drug paraphernalia, simple assault, conspiracy and harassment.
Thomas C. Meo
Meo, a 21-year-old from Plumstead, was last seen on Friday, July 7. His vehicle was found in the garage of a Solebury Township home, near the farmland being searched, also owned by the DiNardo family. Cosmo DiNardo has been charged with stealing that vehicle.
Meo was good friends with Sturgis; the two worked together at a construction business run by Sturgis’ father. The two reportedly first met DiNardo when he was looking to sell marijuana. Sturgis’ father described both young men as “good kids” and hard workers.
A Facebook post seeking information early in the case said Meo is diabetic and was last seen around Routes 202 and 263 near Doylestown on Friday. His diabetic kit — which relatives said he would never leave behind — was found in his vehicle.
He previously worked at Doylestown Auto & Tire. Devon Houser, according to a friend who worked with him there and who described Meo as easygoing and friendly.
Jimi T. Patrick
The 19-year-old from Newtown was last seen on Wednesday, July 5. He apparently was the first of the men to go missing. He lives with his grandparents, Sharon and Rich Patrick.
Patrick and DiNardo both attended Holy Ghost Preparatory School in Bensalem. He just completed his freshman year at Loyola University in Baltimore as a member of the class of 2020, according to the school. He was majoring in business and had a full scholarship, information distributed by his family said.
A classmate at the district attorney’s late-night news conference disclosing that remains had been found called Patrick a “people person.”
A prayer vigil was held at the university as the campus community hoped for his safety.
“He had a very successful year, and he is poised for a great success at Loyola,” Rev. Brian Linnane, the university president, told the Baltimore Sun. “We want to be with him and his family and hope for the best.”
Patrick was working at a restaurant in Buckingham and had previously worked at D’Youville Manor Yardley. As a youth and high schooler, he was involved in baseball, basketball and community service, according to his grandparents.
Mark R. Sturgis
Sturgis, 22, of Pennsburg, was last seen on Friday, July 7. His vehicle was found near Peddlers Village.
He worked at his father’s construction business and was a close friend of Meo. His father, Mark Potash, described him as a great guitar player and athlete, “super intelligent,” and a good worker, brother, and son.
He has three sisters and one brother.
Like Meo, Sturgis reportedly first met DiNardo when DiNardo was looking to sell marijuana.
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