Cadaver dogs led authorities to a “common grave” where they found the body of one of four men who had been missing in suburban Pennsylvania since last week, Bucks County district attorney Matthew Weintraub said.
At a midnight news conference, Weintraub identified the man as 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro. He was found in what was described as a 12.5 foot deep common grave in a sprawling property at the center of the investigation.
“We are not done yet. This is a homicide, make no mistake about it,” Weintraub told reporters.
Additional human remains were found inside the grave, but were not yet identified, Weintraub said.
Finocchiaro was last seen at about 6:30 p.m. on July 7.
“We are going to bring each and everyone one of these lost boys home to their families,” Weintraub said.
About a hundred residents and reporters gathered at a shopping mall a few miles from the property waiting for updates about the missing men.
“We’ve been monitoring everything on Twitter. We wanted to be supportive and comforting for our community,” said Wyatt McLeod who lives in Bucks County.
Finocchiaro and three other men between 19 and 22 years old went missing over several days last week within miles of each other.
The first to vanish was Jimi Patrick of Newtown Township. He was last seen at 6 p.m. on July 5 but he wasn’t reported missing until the next day after he had no contact with friends or family.
Police say the 19-year-old also didn’t show up for work. He was a beer-runner at a restaurant-bar in nearby Doylestown, CNN affiliate WPVI reported.
“He was on the shyer side, but you would get a smile out of him, a little conversation,” bartender Jennifer Albrecht told WPVI.
Two days later, Finocchiaro, Mark Sturgis, 22, of Pennsburg and Tom Meo, 21, of Plumstead Township went missing.
Close friends Sturgis and Meo were last seen near the Doylestown area in Bucks County, CNN affiliate KYW-TV reported. Both young men didn’t go to work on July 8, police said.
Meo’s girlfriend told investigators that she had been texting with Meo on July 7 until just before 7 p.m. After that she had not been in contact with Meo, which was “out of the ordinary and not common,” court documents said.
SOURCE: Nicole Chavez and Anne Woolsey