SWIFTWATER, Pa (CNN) – Several schools in the Pocono Mountains were closed Tuesday as the hunt continues for suspected cop killer Eric Frein.
This, after a local law enforcement official reported seeing him near a post office Monday.
Frein is believed to have been hiding out in the forest for more than month after allegedly opening fire in a deadly police ambush.
The hunt for a suspected cop killer Eric Matthew Frein led police in a new direction, right into one family’s backyard.
“We pulled up and all these U.S. marshals and everything came out of the woods and they said that the dog actually tracked his scent to our back door so they had to go in and clear it and I guess he wasn’t in there luckily but I hope they find him,” said Adam Caprioli, neighbor.
The search for one of the FBI’s ten most wanted has gripped the eastern part of Pennsylvania. Frein is a self-styled survivalist and believed to be holding a grudge against law enforcement officers, suspected of planning for years for a confrontation, and for six weeks he’s avoided capture. No one imagined that one month later, he would still be on the run.
“I thought they would have found him the first few days,” said Caprioli.
Until now, the search was tightly focused on the wooded area near the Frein family’s home in the Poconos, but a recent sighting has moved efforts some ten miles south – closer to Frein’s former high school.
“It was reported in the area of the Pocono Mountain East High School. The individual’s description was consistent with Frein and he was observed carrying a rifle,” said Lt. Col. George Bivens, deputy commissioner of operations.
The first possible sighting came Friday night. A woman, who didn’t want to be identified, told police she was walking near an empty house when she saw Frein and his face was covered in mud.
“It was very alarming and creepy how he showed no reaction; it was like avoiding contact”,” she said.
Then on Monday, another possible sighting was reported, this time by a police officer. Authorities again swarmed the neighborhood near the high school but found nothing.
With Frein still out of sight, he is on everyone’s mind.
“Only at night when it’s dark and that’s when I believe he’s moving so at night time so it’s the only time I’m afraid really,” said local resident Cory Batzel.