Person of interest named in search for missing young men in Bucks County

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BUCKS COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)- As the search for four young men who went missing last week continues, the Bucks County District Attorney named a person of interest.

On Monday night, authorities arrested 20-year-old Cosmo DiNardo of Bensalem on an unrelated gun charge. District Attorney Matthew Weintraub says he is not being called a suspect at this time, but he is a person of interest. He has not been charged with any crime connected to the search.

According to NBC10, “DiNardo was accused of possessing a 20-gauge shotgun and ammunition in February, despite being barred from owning a firearm due to a history of mental illness that included an involuntary commitment.”

The charge was dismissed in May, but was refiled on Monday.

The search today surrounded a farm in Bucks County believed to be connected to the four men’s disappearance. Officials confirmed the farm belongs to DiNardo’s family. Detectives also searched a property in Bensalem owned by his family.

Officials spent much of Monday and Tuesday searching a large area of that farmland near Aquetong Road in Solebury Township.

“We are still gradually sifting the property,” says Weintraub. “It’s 90-something acres, and we are going through it with the equivalent of a fine-toothed comb. It’s going to take us a very long time to get through it.”

At a news conference, Weintraub said he has information he cannot share, but it is likely that foul play was involved in the disappearances.

22-year-old Mark Sturgis of Pennsburg, Montgomery County was last seen leaving his home on Walt Road in Pennsburg around 6:00 pm on Friday, according to Sturgis’ father. His father told NBC10 Sturgis was going to meet with his friend, 21-year-old Tom Meo of Plumstead Township, in Doylestown. Neither of them have been seen since.

Sturgis is six feet one inch tall, weighs 240 pounds, and has black hair and a black beard. Meo is five feet five inches tall, weights 140 pounds, and has blond hair and blue eyes. His 2004 Nissan Altima was found at Peddler’s Village on Saturday.

19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro of Middletown Township was last seen on Friday around 6:30 pm getting into a vehicle on Hampton Drive. He is five feet nine inches tall and weights 150 pounds.

19-year-old Jimi Tar Patrick of Newtown Township was last seen on Wednesday. He is five feet ten inches tall and weights around 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing gray shorts and a polo shirt with a multi-colored design.

Anyone with any information is asked to call 215-297-8201 or submit a tip online.

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