This is just getting worse. The idea that he acted as if the boy was some derelict and unknown bum. Typical behavior and definitely John Gacy style. They attempt to allude questions about their associations by making the victim seem useless and unfavorable to society in An effort to disconnect from any emotional attachment.

This must be the ultimate embarrassment for parents. And then trying to place the blame on victims by saying they were TRESPASSING, which is exactly what he’s setting the stage for. What’s his defense? He’s not that bright. Admitting in a chat that he believed that Dean was on the run would totally contradict a later defense of trespassing. Especially considering he was buried 12 feet underground. I’m certain that Dean didn’t bury himself. He may have dug his own hole, but he definitely didn’t cover it up.  

Courtesy of Philly.com 

​Days after Dean A. Finocchiaro vanished but before his remains were found in a 12-foot makeshift grave in Solebury Township, the Bensalem man considered “a person of interest” in the case told acquaintances he wasn’t worried and suggested Finocchiaro was on the run from law enforcement, according to texts shared among the men.

“Cosmo isn’t your buddy Dean missing,” one acquaintance asked in a group message last weekend. “Aren’t you worried about buddydead [sic] dean.”

DiNardo replied: “I mean I know the kid but yeah I feel bad for his parents. He’s a pill-popping junky who had 2 duis … He prob just jumped parole Or probation.”

One of the participants on Thursday shared the texts — as well as a photo he said DiNardo had sent the group that shows him brandishing what looks to be a revolver – with the Inquirer and Daily News on the condition that he and others in the conversation string not be identified.

He also described meeting DiNardo, who he said he has known since they were boys, in a Wawa parking lot in Bensalem to buy marijuana on the afternoon of Wednesday July 5 and seeing a passenger he didn’t know in DiNardo’s gray pickup truck.

He said the man looked similar to the photos he has seen of Finocchiaro in the days since his disappearance but noted that the passenger had facial hair, and Finocchiaro did not. (That’s the same day authorities say another of the missing men, Jimi Taro Patrick of Newtown disappeared.)

DiNardo pressured him to get in his truck and “talk business,” mentioning the possibility of drug dealing, the customer said. But he said he turned down the proposition several times before the passenger convinced DiNardo to give it a rest.

The man did not say if he has shared his account with police. Bucks County prosecutors have not confirmed such details about the ongoing probe, their biggest in the recent years. But a review of Facebook shows the man and DiNardo are friends.

Late Wednesday investigators said that Finocchiaro’s remains were among those they found buried 12 feet underground on the Solebury Township farmland owned by DiNardo’s parents. They have not publicly confirmed how many other bodies were in the grave, or who they may be. District Attorney Matthew Weintraub promised more information at an update Wednesday afternoon.

DiNardo’s references to Finocchiaro’s court troubles stem from a 2016 case, in which the 19-year-old from Middletown pleaded guilty to use or possession of drug paraphernalia. In March, he pleaded guilty to other drug charges relating to possession of marijuana and separately to DUI. He also had two open cases in Bucks County Court: one on charges of assault and harassment and another on a charge of use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

John Fioravanti, Jr., his lawyer in all the cases, said Thursday that none of the charges against Finocchiaro involved anything relating to the DiNardo family or property. He said Finocchiaro had only one DUI case and there had never been charges relating to stolen bikes, as DiNardo had claimed in one of the texts.

He was just a normal, growing-up, nice kid,” Fioravanti said. “I was very surprised at what happened. Great family, great parents. It’s very sad.”

The text string shared with the Inquirer and Daily News was part of an ongoing private Snapchat conversation titled “Tom WYA.” Two of the participants in the chat said that the title referred to Tom Meo, another of the missing men. “WYA” is text shorthand for Where You At?

“Tom where the (expletive) you at?” one message reads. “Mark where the (expletive) you at ? Dean aka Ryan Smith where the (expletive) you at ?”

The two participants also said DiNardo had included Finocchiaro in the string under the pseudonym “Ryan Smith.”

In another excerpt from last weekend, DiNardo complained about trespassers on his family’s land. “Yeah well a bunch of people went to my properties and now the cops are waiting to arrest them for trespassing,” he wrote.

When pressed for why authorities would be set up at his family’s home, DiNardo professed to be at a loss.

“Because no reason for people tone [sic] at my place where we don’t live,” he wrote. “I have no clue bro it’s weird people keep hitting me up I have no idea what’s up.”


Authorities said they are looking at pursuing homicide charges against 20-year-old Cosmo DiNardo, who was taken into custody on Wednesday on vehicle theft charges.

“This is a homicide; make no mistake about it. We just don’t know how many homicides,” Weintraub said.