Trooper Murder Suspect Researched Manhunts...
The two week extensive manhunt for Eric Frein continues today as police searched an abandoned hotel once frequented by Frein.
Trooper ambush suspect Eric Frein performed extensive internet research on how to avoid police manhunts, experimented with explosives and might have booby-trapped the woods where authorities are looking for him, Pennsylvania State Police said Friday, two weeks after the deadly attack outside a rural barracks.
Police looked through the hard drive of a computer used by Frein and found a search history that indicates he had been planning an attack for several years, Lt. Col. George Bivens said.
Frein, 31, is charged with opening fire at the Blooming Grove barracks on Sept. 12, killing one trooper and injuring another. He has managed to elude hundreds of law enforcement officials looking for him in the thick woods around his parents' home in Canadensis, in the Pocono Mountains, taking advantage of the difficult terrain to keep them at bay. He is believed to be armed with at least one high-powered rifle.
"I suspect he wants to have a fight with the state police, but I think that involves hiding and running since that seems to be the way he operates," Bivens said. "I expect that he'll be hiding and try to take a shot from some distance from a place of concealment, as he has done in the past."
Underscoring the danger they face as they pursue him, Bivens said Frein had experimented with explosives, citing materials that police found and interviews with people who knew him. Trackers are proceeding through the thick woods as though they are booby-trapped, he said.