Residents of a large area of Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains from the tiny town of Swiftwater to Canadensis continue to sit on the edge of their seats as an intense 10-day search continues for Eric M. Frein, a local resident suspected of shooting a State Trooper 19 days ago. People were ordered to stay indoors, schools were closed and nerves remain on edge as police car sirens rang through the air, roads were blocked and even gunfire was heard. One local was too scared to do her morning jog locking herself up inside her home like many others have been doing, some even keeping guns or rifles by their sides. You could feel the tension even at friendly, little Spanky’s, a family-run eatery on RR 507 in Newfoundland, not far from the scene of the crime and current manhunt, where a few hungry customers eschewed the lock-out for some good eats.
Today’s (September 22) Pocono Record reported that, “An AK-47 assault rifle believed to be that of fugitive Eric Frein was found suspended in the woods, days after a deadly ambush at the Blooming Grove state police barracks.” Police suspect that Frein had been planning the attack for a long time. The suspect is now on the FBI’s most wanted list with a $175,000 reward for his capture.
Following the massacre of State Trooper, police discovered Frein’s abandoned Jeep not far from the scene of the crime and assumed that he ran away and is practicing the self-taught survival skills while hiding in the dense Pocono Mountain forests. The police just announced, in a press conference that was shown on local and national TV stations that they found a rifle and .308 rifle cartridge casings matching the ones from the shooting and two empty rifle cases in Frein’s car which is registered to his parents, Michael and Deborah Frein of Canadensis. Police interviewed them and learned that an AK-47 and a .308 rifle with a scope were missing from the home, that Frein was a self-taught outdoor survivalist, and had talked about killing police or committing mass murder.
Tony Covello, a retired Stroud Area Regional Police officer said he suspects the Frien by now has taken his own life and his body is probably somewhere in the woods, but other authorizes think the alleged cop killer is on the run after traveling more than 15 miles to an area near his parents’ home in Canadensis. The search spans a 250 square mile area with the most intense interest in and around Canadensis and along the Monroe/Pike county border.
“While we can never completely rule out an act of violence, I am convinced that Frein has engaged in a personal battle with law enforcement, specifically the Pennsylvania State Police and will likely stay focused on that fight,” Bivens said.
Most of the information in this report was collected en scene while the LA Travel Diva Examiner was visiting the Poconos to write a story on Mount Airy Resort and visit her brother who lives in Swiftwater.