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Second Person of Interest in Pennsylvania Murders Reportedly in Custody

Second Person of Interest in Pennsylvania Murders Reportedly in Custody

Investigators found the body of one of the four men along with human remains in a common grave in Pennsylvania.

Cadaver dogs led authorities to the spot on the 90-acre (36-hectare) farm in Solebury Township where they discovered the remains inside a 12°-foot-deep (3.66-meter-deep) common grave. The body was later found Thursday by investigators.

UPDATE, 6:30 p.m. ET Thursday: The suspect in the disappearance of four Philadelphia-area men has confessed to killing the friends, according to his attorney.

The unidentified person was detained in northeast Philadelphia, Fox 29 reported.

Cosmo DiNardo confessed to the "the four murders" and is prepared to plead guilty to four counts of first-degree murder, lawyer Paul Lang said.

In requesting his $5 million cash bail, prosecutors revealed DiNardo is a diagnosed schizophrenic who sustained frontal lobe damage in an ATV accident within the past year.

Staffers from the Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA) spent days on the site, supporting the families of the missing men during the search.

The person with knowledge of the confession said one of the men was killed July 5 and the other three were killed July 7.

On Thursday, his attorney was in Philadelphia court to request a continuance for further investigation in that case.

The multi-agency investigation into centered on a farmland property in Solebury Township owned by Antonio and Sandra Dinardo.

The girlfriend of Moe said investigators had exchanged text messages with his companion up to about 19 hours, and then nothing more, which would be "out of the ordinary and unusual", she says.

He was released after his father paid a bond but then rearrested on 12 July accused of stealing and trying to sell a vehicle, found on the farm, belonging to Mr Meo. They say DiNardo has a history of mental illness including schizophrenia.

"We're going to continue digging and searching that property until we're satisfied that they are not there", Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said at a morning news conference.

This combination of undated photos provided by the Bucks County District Attorney's Office shows four men who went missing last week: Tom Meo, top left; Jimi Tar Patrick, bottom left; Dean Finocchiaro, top right; and Mark Sturgis, bottom right. The Bucks County District Attorney's Office had no response to the lawyer's comments on Thursday night.

In a criminal complaint, DiNardo told authorities that he had agreed to sell Patrick four pounds of marijuana for $8,000 and had picked him up at his home in Newtown before driving him to the farm.

Twenty-year-old Cosmo DiNardo has been charged with the murder of all four and investigators now say he had an accomplice Sean Kratz who is charged with three counts of homicide.

Meo's vehicle was found at a separate property owned by the DiNardo family, a day after authorities said DiNardo attempted to sell Meo's auto to a friend for $500, according to a criminal affidavit.

After killing Finocchiaro, Sturgis and Meo, DiNardo and Kratz put their bodies into a large container - what DiNardo called a "pig roaster" - and burned them using gasoline, according to the affidavit. Patrick and DiNardo had attended the same Catholic high school for boys.

DiNardo admitted blasting Thomas Meo, 21, in the back and gunning down Mark Sturgis, 22, as he ran for his life. Lang says prosecutors agreed to take the death penalty off the table in return for DiNardo's cooperation. Cars belonging to Meo and Sturgis were then found about two miles apart, and Bucks County detectives interviewed a man from Bensalem, Pa., who said that Dinardo had offered to sell him an older model Nissan Maxima for $500.