Trooper slaying suspect possibly spotted in Pennsylvania
PARADISE TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Investigators believe a woman saw Eric Frein — sought by authorities on suspicion of killing a Pennsylvania state trooper and wounding another in a September ambush — near woods not far from Pocono Mountain East High School in eastern Pennsylvania on Friday night, State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens told reporters Saturday.
Frein used to attend the high school, which is in Swiftwater, and also used to work at a camp just west of the area, Bivens said.
A woman in eastern Pennsylvania told police she saw a man dressed in all black on Friday night, with his face covered in mud, armed with a long rifle with a scope, the official said on condition of anonymity.
Authorities believe the man was Frein, and are now searching the area of the sighting in Paradise Township, the official said.
Frein, 31, is suspected in the Sept. 12 ambush shooting that left Cpl. Bryon Dickson dead and Trooper Alex T. Douglass wounded outside the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Blooming Grove.
A massive search for Frein has been carried out since, at times involving as many as 1,000 officers. Despite recent sightings and other leads, he has eluded authorities. The manhunt has cost several million dollars, State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens said earlier this month.
Frein has been described as a survivalist and military re-enactment enthusiast with a hatred for law enforcement, authorities say.