Bucks County, Pennsylvania (I think it was called Buckinghamshire in Ye Olden Dayes).
In brief: a young man disappeared last Wednesday then three other men disappeared over the weekend (19-21 year-olds). Some clues have been found at a family’s expansive farm land that (may) point toward another young man who is a POI; he was arrested and held for a million dollar bail, the parents bailed him out yesterday and they are appearing in front of a grand jury today.
Area law enforcement and the FBI are digging giant holes and pulling up concrete slabs in various places at family’s real estate and the county attorney has said that crimes go way beyond these four disappearances. The family owns several companies, including a cement, construction, and trucking company.
The info given to the public indicates it’s now a quadruple+ murder investigation, one of the (possible) victim’s car was found hidden in an old garage on one of the family’s farm holdings and there was a cell ping in the area
There’s a lot of speculation that there may be Soprano-type mafia* involvement and there are more bodies scattered around; the FBI was here pretty much instantaneously and the parents are in front of a grand jury today. I have no idea if a very quickly assembled GJ is standard procedure or not, so it might mean nothing at all.
This is a very affluent area with a BIG, BIG opiate/heroin problem, especially amongst young folk. I think Occam’s Razor is in play here and it’s drug deal(s) gone bad.
*The family is Italian-American and some of their businesses are classic mob venues. This is feeding into some of the wilder theories, probably unfairly.
Doesn’t sound like classic Mafia work. They wouldn’t kill rich kids, they’d bleed their families for money first. Sounds more like modern gang work. Or who knows what, they were getting nowhere with that killing in MA until they began to investigate the marathon bombers.
[li]4 young men, ages 18-22 went missing over a period of 4 days last week. It’s believed that they knew each other. One’s car was found at a boutiquey shopping center in one town. Another’s car was found on (one of) the property of the parents of the 5 young man in a different town. [/li][li]A cell phone ping of one of the missing 4 came from the property (I’m not sure if it’s the same as the owner of the car or one of the others).[/li][li]D.A. has publicly stated he suspects foul play.[/li][li]5th young man (20) was arrested in Feb on weapons charges because he had been previously involuntarily committed for mental illness/issues. Charges were dropped. His parents properties are being searched.[/li][li]Charges were refiled & he was taken into custody again on Sun or Mon with much higher bail than the first time, partially because he is a Person of Interest in the disappearance of the other 4. He has since made bail. [/li][li]Multiple law enforcement agencies, including the FBI are assisting in the search. This includes at least one backhoe & manual ‘shaker’ screens to filter any dirt that is dug up in the search for clues.[/li][/ul]
His parents own multiple construction businesses & multiple properties, so they ain’t poor. How liquid they are I have no idea. Only need to pay 10% of the bail upfront; still, that’s more than what’s in my wallet.
Actually, they put up $100,000 in cash (ten percent of the bail amount). And I was annoyed at some of the coverage in the New York Times and other places that referred to the “sprawling” and “vast” farm where the police are searching, without ever actually saying how big is vast. I learned from an article on philly.com that the property is ninety acres.