When four young men from Bucks County failed to come home last week, it touched off an exhaustive search that on Friday led to homicide charges against two cousins, Cosmo DiNardo of Bensalem and Sean M. Kratz of Philadelphia.
The other victims were 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro, 22-year-old Mark Sturgis and 21-year-old Tom Meo.
A source familiar with the case told the Inquirer and Daily News late Thursday that it was DiNardo who led investigators to Kratz and the bodies of the four young men who have been missing since earlier this month.
Police charging documents indicate DiNardo agreed to sell four pounds of marijuana to Patrick for $8,000 and picked him up at his home, but Patrick only had $800. However, Kratz told police that Dinardo was the one who shot Finocchiaro.
When Patrick's remains failed to turn up in the common grave shared by the other victims, Weintraub offered to forego seeking the death penalty for Dinardo in return for information helpful to the investigation.
DiNardo's family owned multiple properties, including the farm on which the human remains were found, worth millions.
Close friends Sturgis and Meo were last seen near the Doylestown area, CNN affiliate KYW-TV reported.
"I don't know what convinced him" to confess, Weintraub said.
DiNardo then told Patrick he could sell him a shotgun instead and took him to a remote part of the property to give him the weapon. DiNardo might have been released, but still he remains a person of interest. He used a backhoe to move the body into a metal tank.
Patrick's body "was so far away [from the others on the farm] that I started to get sick to my stomach on the ride", he said. Viewers could watch investigators haul up buckets of dirt and sift it through handheld screens in what looked like an archaeological dig.
A second person was detained in Philadelphia over the horrifying murders of four men whose bodies were torched and buried on a sprawling suburban farm.
Authorities have confirmed Finocchiaro's body was found.
"I can tell you, for I've been there, we'd still be looking for Jimi Patrick had we not made this agreement", Weintraub said.
Kratz and DiNardo had planned to rob Finocchiaro after luring him to the farm, but he was shot in the head by Kratz, the affidavit said.
DiNardo was arrested earlier in the week for allegedly trying to sell Meo's auto to a friend, which contained a diabetic kit Meo would not have left behind. He said he took Finocchiaro in his auto but kicked him out after declining to sell him drugs and then spent the rest of the night fishing.
Bucks County District Attorney's Office photos of the missing men.
DiNardo also had been arrested Monday and held on $1 million bail on an old gun charge, before his father paid $100,000 to bail him out Tuesday.
Police also find Sturgis' auto nearby. Dinardo told investigators that he had a marijuana "deal" set up with Meo, according to the affidavit.
Allegedly, DiNardo killed the 4 men separately after selling them marijuana before burning their bodies and burying them in his farm, leaving behind a mass grave for authorities to find. He allegedly possessed a 20-gauge shotgun, but was not legally allowed to possess the firearm because he had a mental illness and had been involuntarily committed to a mental institution for inpatient care, according to court documents.