There’s no shortage of heartbreaking incidents that happen in a farming community, but this one is particularly gut-wrenching. In Bucks County, Pennsylvania, cadaver dogs taking part in a search for four young men led investigators to a 12.5-foot-deep common grave.
The grave was on the 90-acre farm of Antonio and Sandra DiNardo, and the DiNardos’ son, Cosmo, is a person of interest in the case. The missing men were last seen last week, and one body in the grave has been identified as that of Dean Finocchiaro, 19. The other remains have not yet been identified, but the others missing are 22-year-old Mark Sturgis, 21-year-old Tom Meo, and 19-year-old Jimi Tar Patrick.
“This is a homicide; make no mistake about it. We just don’t know how many homicides,” Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said at a midnight news conference, according to NBC News.
Cosmo DiNardo was arrested Wednesday on charges of stealing (and trying to sell) Meo’s car; DiNardo is currently being held on $5 million bail. It’s unclear how DiNardo may have known the missing men, if at all. The investigation, which has shaken the picturesque Pennsylvania county, is ongoing.