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Blooming Grove, Pa. – The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) continue to investigate the shooting incident at the Blooming Grove station where two Pennsylvania State Police troopers were ambushed by Eric Matthew Frein.
State police continue to search the areas around the Pike/Monroe border.
“We are convinced that Eric Frein has been planning this attack for least a couple of years,” said Lt. Col. George Bivens, deputy commissioner of operations. “That information is supported by a search of a computer hard drive which Frein had access to – the search of the PC indicates extensive internet research on how to avoid police man hunts and skills related to survival.”
Consistent with those internet searches the state police continue to find items discarded or hidden by Frein. There is nothing in the investigation that indicates Frein has left the area.
“As I have mentioned several times before, our search area is very large and the terrain is dense and rugged,” said Bivens. “For example, recently our teams searched the vacant Inn at Buck Hill Falls — this property spans over 4,600 acres and more than 900,000 sq. ft. of multiple multi-level structures and underground tunnels.” “Every inch of this private vacant resort needed to be cleared.”
“We have mentioned before the numerous places Frein may be utilizing for shelter – specifically, the caves we have found during this investigation. All of these potential hiding places need to be cleared as well,” said Bivens.
“We are asking the public to contact the tip line at 866-326-7256 with any information that may be helpful to investigators – however, what is not helpful is perpetuating rumors,” said Bivens. “We are aware of a number of rumors – and I would like to address one of those rumors that have gained momentum because of inaccurate reports.” “Through many investigative techniques, the state police have found no evidence that there was an inappropriate relationship between Tpr. Douglass and Melissa Frein,” said Bivens. “We cannot assume to know what Eric Frien believes — however, we are convinced Tpr. Douglass and Melissa Frein did not have a personal relationship.”
“As you can imagine, this has been a stressful time for Tpr. Douglass and his family as well as the suspect’s family,” said Bivens. “Rumor and innuendo has no place in a law enforcement investigation.” “Let’s remember the reason we are all here – we need to find the assassin who murdered Cpl. Dickson and attempted to murder Tpr. Douglass,” said Bivens.
State police are asking people to use common sense. Please avoid going into the wooded areas in and around Barrett and Price townships, as well as the Delaware State Forest area. The state police continue to ask the public for any photos/videos previously taken from trail cameras in those areas and which may contain images of Frein or other suspicious activity.
“Finally, I want to again address Eric Frein directly,” said Bivens. “As I told you last week, you are a coward.” “Your actions have caused tremendous disruption for an innocent community, while you try to hide from us.” “We are not intimidated and we will not leave,” added Bivens. “We have a clear mission with specific objectives – protect the community, find you, and bring you to justice.”