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Fugitive Survivalist Eric Frein Eludes Police in Pennsylvania

By    |   Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 10:44 AM

Eric Frein, suspected of shooting and killing one Pennsylvania state trooper and injuring another, has been spotted multiple times by police teams scouting the woods, and has left behind soiled diapers and Serbian cigarettes as he continues to evade capture.

"We continue to find evidence of Frein's presence and have found several items he has abandoned or hidden for possible future use," Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens said at a press conference Wednesday, The Huffington Post reported.

"Some of those items include Serbian cigarettes and soiled diapers that we have found in the area, among other things."

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Frein is a self-taught survivalist, marksman, and has played a Serbian soldier in past military re-enactments.

Authorities suspect Frein was behind the Sept. 12 attack on the Blooming Grove State Police Barracks in Pike County. Corporal Bryon Dixon and Trooper Alex Douglass were attacked around 11 p.m. as they left the barracks. Dixon was pronounced dead at the scene, while Douglass was hospitalized. He remains so, but was described by Bivens as "in good spirits."

Over the last two weeks, nearly 1,000 officers have been involved in conducting the dragnet, which is now focused on the Delaware State Forest in Pennsylvania.

According to ABC News, police believe Frein has traveled roughly 20 miles on foot after abandoning his Jeep in a swamp near the barracks, which was recovered by the dragnet.

Bivens said that Frein's family has been cooperating with authorities. Colleagues say Frien was obsessed with war reenactment, the military, and guns. Frien's father, a retired Army major, told police he was missing an AK-47 rifle and a .308 with a scope. An AK-47 was later found in the woods, which police aren't sure was dropped or stashed ahead of time.

As part of the search, troopers have executed search warrants on several vacant homes near and inside of the woods, and monitored caves and other places Frein might shelter.

"There are many caves, small caves," Bivens said. "We have bears in many of those caves. That's certainly a factor in those searches. We've kicked out bears and other wildlife."

Bivens noted during the press conference that Frein is still considered armed and dangerous, and that, "Lethal force is authorized upon positive identification if he is not actively surrendering."



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Eric Frein, suspected of shooting and killing one Pennsylvania state trooper and injuring another, has been spotted multiple times by police teams scouting the woods, and has left behind soiled diapers and Serbian cigarettes as he continues to evade capture.
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