Philadelphia police assisted Bucks County authorities as they searched for more clues in the investigation into a man who authorities say confessed to killing four people on his family’s Bucks County farm who allegedly claims to have killed two other people as well.
Philly investigators joined other agencies in the search of the farm owned by the parents of 20-year-old Cosmo DiNardo, who's been charged in the deaths of the men, to make sure they did not miss any evidence before they give the property back to the family, Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub wrote in a statement.
Weintraub said a large number of officers, cadets, horses and dogs scoured the farm once again because "we want to make absolutely certain that we have not missed any evidence before departing."
On Thursday, crews could be seen loading a motorized cart onto a flatbed truck. It is unclear the connection the vehicle has to the investigation.
Authorities have held the scene with a mobile command unit at the DiNardo’s family’s farm that sits about 30 miles north of Philadelphia since uncovering the bodies of Jimi Taro Patrick, 19; Dean Finocchiaro, 19; Mark Sturgis, 22; and Tom Meo, 21, on the sprawling property. A police car remains outside the garage when Meo’s car was discovered.
DiNardo's past continues to paint a picture of a troubled young man who graduated to the murders of four men he allegedly admitted to shooting and burying on his family's sprawling rural estate, according to authorities. Three of the bodies were doused in gasoline and lit on fire inside what was described in court documents as a "pig roaster."
While questioning DiNardo, he allegedly said he previously killed a man and woman in Philadelphia. Earlier this week, Philly Police Commissioner Richard Ross said police would look into the claims and hoped to interview DiNardo but called the information "sketchy."
DiNardo, who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, was involuntarily committed to a mental institution in the past. The circumstances surrounding that committal remain unclear. He was barred from having a firearm.
Prosecutors said DiNardo's 20-year-old cousin, Sean Kratz, also participated in the murders. Both have been charged in the case. Kratz's attorney, Abby Leeds, told NBC10 Tuesday that her client is "presumed innocent."
Both men remain jailed in Bucks County.