UPDATE: Bensalem Man In Custody As ‘Criminal Investigation’ Into Disappearance Of Four Men Continues
The four missing men are Tom Meo, 21 from Plumstead Township, who was last seen Friday, July 7; Mark Sturgis, 22, of Pennsburg, Montgomery County, who last seen Friday, July 7; Dean Finocchiaro, 19, of Middletown’s Langhorne section, who was last seen Friday, July 7; Jimi Tar Patrick, 19, of Newtown Township, who was last seen Wednesday, July 5.
District Attorney Matt Weintraub said the search is an all hands on deck situation with a number of agencies assisting in the investigation, including the FBI. Bucks County detectives are leading the investigation with assistance from municipal officers. Representatives from Middletown, Newtown, Solebury and Plumstead were also all present for the press conference, as well as the state police.
Police are treating the investigation as a criminal matter at the moment, authorities said. However, did they not want to speak about what evidence led them to believe a crime had occurred.
Officials had little new information to offer, but said many social media rumors are false.
When asked if the boys could be runaways and potentially not want to be found, Weintraub said, “missing is missing whether you want to be missing or you’ve been reported missing by someone who fears the worst.”
While the district attorney confirmed Meo and Sturgis knew one another, they did not elaborate whether Finocchiaro and Patrick knew one another.
There are a number of ongoing searches in the Solebury area. Weintraub could not comment on the number of search sites active as of late morning.
The Bucks County Detectives’ large crime scene truck and the county’s large black command post vehicle rolled into a corn field off . Detectives milled about the field unloading tools and focused on the far end of the field, which sits near the area searched Sunday.
Officers from Solebury sat outside a 19th century house along Aquetong Road. The home and garage were inspected by detectives late Monday morning and neighbors said searched on Sunday.
The roughly 70-acre field off Route 202 where police were focusing much of their efforts mid-morning Monday was owned by the same person who owned the empty home searched along Aquetong Road.
NewtownPANow.com was unable to get in contact with the owner of the property but left a phone message at their business.
Law enforcement said they don’t have a specific concern in regards to the public’s safety, but they are on heightened alert as noted by police presence.
“Please don’t take law into your own hands,” Weintraub implored during the press conference. “And please let us do our jobs so that we can find the whereabouts of these four young men.”
Authorities spent much of Sunday searching Solebury. They called in specially-train K-9 units from Philadelphia and a Pennsylvania State Police helicopter who surveyed the area from above.
An FBI spokesperson said an evidence recovery team has been called in to assist at the search areas.
“At this point, I would ask for your patience and your prayers for these four young men,” Weintraub said.
If anyone has any information that could be pertinent to the search, they are encouraged to call 215-297-8201.