Crime

Local troopers aid Poconos manhunt for Eric Frein, suspect in barracks ambush

Troopers patrol the woods along Rt. 447 in Monroe Twp, Pa., searching for Eric Frein on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014.  Frein, 31, is accused of killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, and critically wounding Trooper Alex Douglass outside outside the Blooming Grove barracks on Sept. 12.  (AP Photo/PennLive.com, Sean Simmers)
Troopers patrol the woods along Rt. 447 in Monroe Twp, Pa., searching for Eric Frein on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Frein, 31, is accused of killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, and critically wounding Trooper Alex Douglass outside outside the Blooming Grove barracks on Sept. 12. (AP Photo/PennLive.com, Sean Simmers) AP

The search for Eric Frein is approaching a month, but state police continue to hunt the woods of northeastern Pennsylvania to find the man accused of killing one of their own.

Police say Frein, 31, waited in ambush outside the barracks in Blooming Grove with his rifle. He shot and wounded Trooper Alex Douglass. He killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson.

“Troopers from all over Pennsylvania are heading out to help,” said state police public information officer Trooper Adam Reed. “It certainly hits home with us. They are all willing to help.”

Centre County troopers are part of that search. Reed said troopers from the barracks in Philipsburg and Rockview are traveling to the Poconos to try to find the suspect, a survivalist who has holed up in the woods.

Cpl. Leigh Barrows confirmed that Rockview has three of its troopers participating in the search as of Tuesday. Two more just returned from the hunt as police rotate in and out to keep looking for Frein while maintaining the safety of their local areas.

“It’s throughout the whole state. We’re doing everything we can,” Barrows said. “We just want to see him caught.”

According to the Associated Press, troopers searched a northeastern Pennsylvania tree nursery for hours Sunday, but Frein remains at large, despite the concentrated manhunt in the 5-square-mile patch of dense woods.

Police have found two pipe bombs at a campsite used by Frein. They also located 90 rounds from the same kind of rifle Frein is said to have used in the ambush, as well as tuna, ramen noodles and other food and clothing, the AP says.

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