During a press conference held Sunday, Lt. Col. George Bivens of the Pennsylvania State Police revealed that trackers searching for Eric Frein have found an AK-47-style rifle with ammunition which they believe he left behind or hid in the woods. Frein is a suspect in the ambush of two Pennsylvania state troopers nine days ago.
Bivens believes that Frein, 31, had planned the attack on the troopers for at least months and quite possibly years. During his statement, he did not mention if Pennsylvania State Police have an indication as to a possible motive for the attack. In addition to the rifle found, searchers have discovered other items in the woods which they believe Frein had stashed or left behind.
Investigators are focusing their manhunt on several square miles along the border of Monroe and Pike counties near the town in which Frein was raised. As of Saturday night, the shelter-in-place order for residents of the community was lifted, but those living in the area are cautioned to remain vigilant.
There has been no contact with the accused killer. The FBI added him to their Most Wanted List after the crime, which killed one Pennsylvania State Police trooper and wounded another.
By Jennifer Pfalz