BLOOMING GROVE TOWNSHIP -- At a news conference Friday afternoon, state police released new information on the search for Eric Frein, including evidence that suggests he had been planning an ambush on police for some time, and they give us a look at where Frein may have been hiding.
It was two weeks ago when one state trooper was killed and another hurt.
In addition to evidence found on a computer, investigators also addressed rumors about a possible motive and talked about today's search of a vacant resort.
Police addressed the media at a 3 p.m. news conference and said they have evidence that Frein planned his attack on the Blooming Grove barracks for years.
"We are convinced Eric Frein has been planning this attack for at least a couple of years. That information is supported by a search of a computer hard drive which Frein had access to," said Lt. Col. George Bivens.
Authorities recovered a laptop computer Frein had access to and on that hard drive found searches related to evading manhunts, law enforcement technology, and survivalist skills.
Troopers also revealed they believe Frein had been experimenting with explosives because of evidence they have recovered and interviews they have conducted.
They also gave us a look at one of the caves where Frein may have been hiding within the past two weeks.
Investigators had reason to believe Frein had been known to visit there in the past.
There have been no confirmed sightings of Frein at the Buck Hill Falls Inn during the search.
Troopers also are working to dispel rumors that Frein's brother or sister-in-law who lives in Olyphant had been friends with Trooper Alex Douglass who was injured in the attack.
Authorities say it's important that they continue this manhunt for Frein no matter what.
"I believe he is absolutely still a threat to not only the police but the public. I don't suppose anybody out there would care to have running through or hiding in their backyard," said Lt. Col. Bivens.
Newswatch 16 spoke with authorities in Monroe County about how they have been working around the clock supporting state and federal agencies in this manhunt.
Barrett and Price Townships have transformed over the past two weeks. Law enforcement from all over has set up headquarters there, hunting for Frein.
Barrett Township's police chief says it's more than the six officers in his department could imagine.
"It's over the top, it is. The town's not used to this. The police department is not used to this. This is a quiet community, I believe everybody would agree with," said Barrett Township Police Chief Steve Williams.
His department is now fielding about 50 calls per day, compared to their usual 10 to 15 and have relied on support from neighboring local departments to have about 15 to 25 officers available at all times to provide assistance to state and federal agencies leading the manhunt.
"We're more familiar with the terrain. We're more familiar with the people. State police have been utilizing us for that."
Barrett Township's fire house now is a hub of state police activity, filled with food donations and supplies for all of the search teams looking for Frein.
The volunteer department has been fully staffed for nearly two weeks straight.
"The Pennsylvania State Police have been at the station 24/7. We've been providing them with three meals a day and whatever else we can help out," said Barrett Township Fire Chief Grover Cleveland.
The Monroe County district attorney's office is now assisting in this investigation that first began in Pike County.
Assistant District Attorney Mike Mancuso says the D.A.'s office has been securing search warrants that are sealed and then taking them right through the court of common pleas in Stroudsburg.
"We've crunched almost 15 as recently, the last two as recently as an hour ago, so we're helping the search in that respect and that also aids in the investigation," Mancuso said.
Each local agency has been doing its part to help while also making quick changes to continue to ensure everyone's safety.
"We actually had to work with the police department quick to change our procedures to get through this with the unknown if he has any possibility to be listening to what's going on," said Monroe County 911 deputy director of communications Jeff Strunk.
The overtime has yet to be added up and the toll on this community assessed entirely, but this dedicated team says they are prepared to continue this work as long as Frein remains on the run.