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Authorities are continuing to press the search for four young men who have been reported missing in Bucks County after mysteriously disappearing last week.
County investigators identified the four as Mark Sturgis, 22, of Pennsburg; Tom Meo, 21, of Plumstead; Dean Finocchiaro, 18, of Middletown; and Jimi Tar Patrick, 19, of Newtown Township.
Sturgis’ father, Mark Potash, his son and Meo were last seen Friday. Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said one of the other men also was last seen on Friday and the fourth disappeared Wednesday. Investigators said they were unsure if dthe isappearances are linked in any way except that they were told all four know each other.
At a briefing Monday morning, Weintraub reported no breaks in the case and asked for the public’s help. He said he is treating it as a criminal investigation.
Potash said his son and Meo both worked for him at his construction business.
On Saturday morning, when the two didn’t show up for work he was concerned.
“I thought maybe they had a night of drinking and slept somewhere,” Potash said. “That was my hope.”
By mid-afternoon, Potash said he knew something was wrong. Calls to both men’s phones went straight to voicemail, he said. He said he contacted police late Saturday.
“They are just really good kids,” Potash said, describing them as hard workers.
He has no idea why his son or Meo are missing, Potash said.
“I can’t even begin to imagine,” he said. “At this point, as the hours pass, it seems more and more grim.”
Sturgis is a phenomenal guitar player, “super intelligent,” a great athlete, worker, brother and son, Potash said. His son, who grew up with his mother and now lives with him, has three sisters and one brother.
He and Sturgis’ mother have been in touch and he said they are both struggling. Potash has also been in contact with the Meo family and said everyone is trying to keep themselves together.
“It is very difficult,” he said. “I really don’t know how I’m going to make it through the rest of the day. I’m going minute by minute right now.”
A Facebook post seeking leads said Meo is diabetic and was last seen around Routes 202 and 263 near Doylestown on Friday.
Devin Houser, 20, of Doylestown, previously worked with Meo at Doylestown Auto and Tire. The two met about a year and a half ago and became work friends, Houser said; they hung out a few times since and lived minutes apart so Houser frequently gave Leo a ride home when their shifts let out. He said Meo would strike up and hold a conversation with anyone and everyone.
“He was like an easygoing person, he was a really nice dude,” Houser said. “He’d get along with any single person.”
He said those who know Meo are concerned.
“Everyone just seems stunned by it,” Houser said. “No one really knows what’s going on.”
State police, along with detectives from Solebury, Middletown, Newtown, and Buckingham Townships along with police dogs, executed a search warrant at a home in Solebury Township around 7 p.m. Sunday.
Potash said Meo’s car was found in the garage of the house. What connection, if any, the house has to the missing four is unclear,
Potash said his son’s car had been found at Peddler’s Village in Lahaska, near New Hope. Finocchiaro was last seen as he was being picked up by a fifth person, who is not missing, Potash said.
Weintraub declined to comment on whether cars were found. He said county detectives, with the help of several local police departments and the F.B.I., were searching several locations.
Asked whether the four young men were still alive, Weintraub replied: “I can’t say. We hope and pray that they are, but we need to go where the investigation leads us.”
Anyone with information about the men’s whereabouts were asked to call a tip line: 215-297-8201.
Staff writer Colton Shaw contributed to this article.
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