Published: Thu, July 13, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

FBI, police search for 4 missing men in Pennsylvania

FBI, police search for 4 missing men in Pennsylvania

Authorities have said foul play is suspected in the missing cases.

"Sometimes, the chasm between being a person of interest and being a person accused and arrested, and certainly convicted, of a crime is so wide, we never cross it", said Weintraub, cautioning the media to not jump to conclusions following DiNardo's arrest. The charge had been dropped, but it was refiled Monday. Late Tuesday, DiNardo was released after he posted 10 percent of his bail amount in cash. The prosecutor said high bail had been sought because he was considered a flight risk.

Search and rescue dogs, and backhoes arrived at the Solebury Township property Monday, according to KYW.

The FBI and a handful of local police agencies have launched a massive manhunt on two properties in rural Solebury Township, Pa.

"We are still gradually sifting through the property", Weintraub said.

Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said the Federal Bureau of Investigation has joined the search for evidence due to their expertise in recovery operations at the primary search site.

The missing men are 22-year-old Mark Sturgis, 21-year-old Meo, 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro and 19-year-old Jimi Tar Patrick.

"We're going to continue in the direction that we're going", Weintraub said. The FBI has been assisting in the investigation.

The county's First District Attorney told CHANNEL 6 ACTION NEWS that it is too soon to say whether the teens are in danger and would not say what led them to search the property in Solebury.

"We've been treating this from the outset as a criminal investigation and nothing has deterred that at this point", he said.

When asked if foul play was suspected in the case, Weintraub said, "it sure would seem so", but declined to share further information.

DiNardo is also a Facebook friend of Patrick, one of the missing men.

Finocchiario was also last seen on Friday, while Patrick disappeared Wednesday, according to the paper.

A second vehicle belonging to Sturgis was found in a shopping center parking lot Monday morning, according to FOX 29.

"We have not yet recovered any human remains that I can report", the district attorney said. He could not confirm if all four are still alive.

Asked about reports from residents that they heard gunshots on that property over the weekend or that there was a bonfire at the DiNardo house, Weintraub said, "I can't comment on that".

Weintraub said in a press conference on Wednesday that investigators had uncovered important evidence.

Police are focusing search efforts on a 68-acre farm owned by DiNardo's parents in Solebury Township, located about 30 miles north of the Center City area of Philadelphia. "We are running down every single tip that you give us".

"We maintain hope that we will ascertain their whereabouts and bring them home safe", Weintraub said. Jennifer Albrecht is a bartender at the Candlewyck in Doylestown, where Jimi Patrick works as a beer-runner. "He was working full time", said his lawyer, John Fioravanti Jr. "Everybody's talking about it". Online records do not say why the charge was initially dismissed. "For all of them".

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