The Latest: $5M bail set for man in search for missing 4 – Washington Post

PHILADELPHIA — The Latest on the search in Pennsylvania for four missing men (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

A judge has set bail at $5 million cash for a man now at the center of an investigation into the disappearance of four young Pennsylvania men.

The bail was set Wednesday for 20-year-old Cosmo DiNardo after he was arrested on charges he had tried to sell the stolen car of one of the missing men, 21-year-old Tom Meo.

Officials say Meo’s car was found at one of his family’s properties north of Philadelphia, and still had Meo’s life-saving diabetic medicine inside.

Police have spent four days searching a farm owned by the DiNardos family for evidence of the missing men. The county prosecutor said earlier Wednesday that important evidence was found there and other locations, but that no human remains have been located.

DiNardo was first arrested on Monday on an unrelated gun charge, but his father was able to post $100,000 to have him freed.

This time, prosecutors sought a higher bond so he would remain behind bars. The DiNardos have not commented.

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3:20 p.m.

A man authorities have called a person of interest in the search for four missing Pennsylvania men has been re-arrested, this time for allegedly stealing and trying to sell a car belonging to one of the missing men.

Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said Wednesday that 20-year-old Cosmo DiNardo is back in custody.

Weintraub says the recovered 1996 Nissan Maxima contained 21-year-old Tom Meo’s life-saving diabetic medication.

DiNardo, whose family owns the sprawling farm property where authorities have focused their search, was jailed on Monday for an unrelated gun charge and released on bail Tuesday.

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

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11:20 a.m.

Authorities say they’ve recovered several pieces of evidence from a sprawling farm property and elsewhere while investigating the disappearance of four young Pennsylvania men believed to be victims of foul play.

Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub told reporters Wednesday that some of the tips they’ve received are “bearing fruit.” He wouldn’t say what evidence has been recovered but did say it didn’t include human remains.

Police have focused their search on a farm in Solebury and have utilized several law enforcement agencies, heavy construction equipment and cadaver dogs.

Police have called the 20-year-old son of the farm owners a person of interest in the case.

The missing men are 22-year-old Mark Sturgis, 21-year-old Tom Meo, 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro and 19-year-old Jimi Tar Patrick. Patrick disappeared a week ago. The other three disappeared Friday.

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10:25 a.m.

Police are back for a fourth day searching a large Pennsylvania farm for evidence in the disappearance of four young men believed to be victims of foul play.

The 90-acre (0.14-square-mile) property in Solebury Township has been scoured by law enforcement agencies, heavy construction equipment and cadaver dogs.

Police on Monday arrested 20-year-old Cosmo DiNardo on an unrelated gun charge and called him a person of interest in the case but wouldn’t say he was a suspect in the men’s disappearance. His family owns the farm.

Court records show DiNardo was released late Tuesday after his father posted 10 percent of his $1 million bail.

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

Patrick disappeared a week ago. The other three disappeared Friday.

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12:40 a.m.

Authorities are gearing up for another day of searching a sprawling Pennsylvania farm for evidence linked to four missing young men.

Cadaver dogs and heavy construction equipment were used Tuesday in the search of farmland in Solebury Township, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of Philadelphia.

A person of interest in the case, who had been jailed on an unrelated gun charge, was released Tuesday night after posting 10 percent of his $1 million bail in cash.

Authorities have not called 20-year-old Cosmo DiNardo, whose family owns the farmland and another property that was searched, a suspect in the case.

Neither DiNardo nor his lawyer could be reached for comment.

Authorities say the men who went missing last week are believed to be victims of foul play.

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