Time seems to be running out on cop-killer, how-to survivalist Eric Frein. Winter approacheth, and Pennsylvania police have just confiscated a cache of Frein’s supplies in the woods of brotherly love.
It’s been little more than three weeks since the 31-year-old, Ten Most Wanted fugitive ambushed and killed Corporal Bryon K. Dickson II, wounding State Trooper Alex Douglass in the process. Lt. Col. George Bivens has stated, since then:
“One of the things he seems to be surviving on predominantly would be cans of tuna fish and Ramen noodles.”
The Lt. Col. consequently has reason to believe that Frein is not attempting to live off the land. So much for survivalism, eh? Authorities have also confiscated Serbian cigarettes, two pipe bombs and an AK-47 in the search for Frein. So far, the manhunt for Frein has predominantly been concentrated in the eastern counties of Pike and Monroe. Frein’s family lives not too far off from that territory, too, in Canadensis, PA, so it’s a good bet.
Bivens believes every seizure of Frein’s supplies will help starve and freeze him out of hiding, especially as the fall canopy turns and flutters to the ground.
“I believe his food is running out and we’ve seized a big amount of it.”
According to a local ABC report, Frein’s cache of supplies seized include “food, ammunition, clothing and other supplies at a camp site.” The ammunition seized, in particular, point toward Frein, yielding 90 rounds for a .308 rifle, which is the same caliber used on the ambushed officers on Sept. 12 in Pike County, PA.
Time is not on Frein’s side.
Frein has not been entirely a Quaker ninja of the Northeast. Sightings have occurred, however, the terrain in those parts of Pennsylvania make pursuit and tracking very difficult. Troopers are even using sticks and ski poles as prods in order to poke Frein out of bush, brush, and possible rough-shod underground bunkers he may have crafted.
“You could literally walk right past someone in this terrain and not see them… unless you stepped on them.”
Still, as the trees and coverage grow increasingly more barren as we head toward winter, Bivens maintains hope. According to the Lt. Col., the thinning of tree canopies will make thermal imaging much more effective for officers.
Bivens also stated:
“It also puts him in a more difficult situation in terms of just keeping warm and we believe that will force him out.”
Frein has been said to have a passion for military role-play and reenactment. He is a “self-trained” survivalist with a weakness for Eastern European war machines and weaponry. Like many Americans, Frein was taught to shoot by his father, who happens to be a retired Army major. So far, his family is cooperating in the investigation, and the days grow increasingly shorter with each fallen leaf.