UPDATE: Credible Sighting of Eric Frein Near High School Campus

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BARRETT TOWNSHIP -- State police said there was a credible sighting of Eric Frein near Pocono Mountain East High School around 9 p.m. Friday.

During a news conference Saturday with Gov. Tom Corbett and State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan, authorities released new information about the manhunt, which they say has shifted south into Swiftwater and Paradise Township.

Lt. Col. George Bivens said that Friday night a woman walking along a tree line saw a man similar to Frein, carrying a rifle and with mud on his face.

Bivens said the sighting was made from a distance of about 20 feet away.

During the news conference, Corbett thanked people who live in the search area for their support.

“We’re not going to rest… nobody is going to stop,” said Corbett. “This has been trying on everyone.”

Bivens later said that the weather is working in their favor because officers in helicopters and airplanes can see more from above as leaves continue to fall in the woods.

According to Bivens, state troopers are still calculating the cost of the manhunt, but he said it is below the estimated $10 million mark.

The owner of Amber Steakhouse along Route 611 told Newswatch 16 that she was surprised to see police focus their search on one of the busiest roads in the Poconos.

"They had night vision goggles, and they were looking to the woods across the street. I asked them what was going on and they said, there was a spotting," said Mary Rieman. "My thought is, since he is going into such a populated area, that he is going to make a move or get caught."

Officials with Pocono Mountain School District said they're still planning to have classes on Monday, but they are in constant contact with investigators.

Stay with Newswatch 16 and WNEP.com for the latest on this story.

94 comments

  • J2

    Y’all need to give PSP a break. I know they aren’t perfect but Geez Louise, the search is no cake walk. They must have more info they can’t share. Wouldn’t any of you want the PSP to respect your opinion and treat you fairly with dignity? That’s what they’re doing with these witnesses. Give it time.

  • Addy Tude

    How are you gonna call this a credible sight and then say a women walking a tree line at night spotted a man similar to Eric Frein with mud on his face. You officials have been working very hard you need rest. Take a long long rest.

  • Erin

    This is trying on everyone? Yes he killed a police officer and has threatened no one else. It is sad how much money they are spending on this manhunt. Enough is enough. Where is all this money coming from? And would they spend it to find your killer?

    • christina

      And at 9pm at night. How did she see him in the dark?? Unless there was a football game going on or some sort of lights. I dont think its credible at all.

  • Maria

    Define “credible”. Does she know him personally? Is she a facial recognition expert? Did she get a photo of him that an expert verified? Come on. We really have to stop this grasping at straws stuff. I don’t doubt he is still around, but to give this “sighting” credibility, there has to be more than some lady who saw some person with mud on their face carrying what she thinks was a rifle in the dark near the woods from 20′ away. I’m fairly certain that he hasn’t evaded police all this time by coming within 20′ of people where he could be recognized.

  • IHUNT

    A man in the woods in NE PA with a gun at 9:00 PM with dirt on face and this makes the news? A photo from her cell phone would have helped; like one of those out of focus photos from twenty or thirty feet we see of bigfoot! I could have walked to Canada in a month or at least New York while living large feasting out of McDonald trash bins .

  • elvis

    Hope the state police find who they are looking for. However, If there is ever a shooting in the future (no matter whom it is) and there is a suspect, the police better do the same search for that case. if its good for 1, its good for all

  • JarKill

    This is the one thing that doesn’t make sense. If Frein is in the area, he is either very smart or very lucky to have not been caught. But I don’t know why if he is as smart as they say he is why he would stay in the area. I would either have fled to another country and have an alibi that I was there the whole time, or I would disappear, or I would surrender in another state where I would get a safe transport back to fight the charges.

    • Erin

      Hahaha haha you mean the PSP would lie about something? No never. I keep seeing all this stuff in the news and nothing to back it up. It seems like all lies.

  • lee

    20 feet at 9:00p.m. walking near a school just off the highway with mud on his face. As the guy below said it was a probably a hunter with camo on his face. Once again no dogs could pick up the fresh scent just 20 feet from the spot the lady saw him at? The media needs to ask questions about the search dogs. Why aren’t they picking up a tracking scent? this is the best piece of equipment they have and for some reason its not working. I want this guy caught bad but i think he is not in the area honestly.

  • ruth

    There was a high school football game at the time of the siting. (I read that somewhere else). Aren’t there cops at the games….and she didn’t run to get one??? Ummmm … Is he really walking on the edge of the woods during a football game…with tons of people around? I guess its possible but…..

  • Just another illegal in Hazleton

    You can always believe anything the police tell you. Just remember … police never lie , lawyers never lie , judges never lie ….

  • tina thomas

    Just another reason to keep it going. He’s not around n he planted those things to keep the cops in the woods. The more they find the longer they stay n the further he gets.

  • penny

    My belief is that someone that was actually successful at killing a state trooper had this planned for a long, long time. All the ‘EVIDENCE’ that was found in the woods, was planted a long, long, time prior to the shooting so it would buy him time to get out of the country.

  • l.h.smith

    It’s deer hunting season. A crossbow has a stock and scope that will look like a gun. Hunters stay in the woods late, sometimes depending how deep in the woods, it’s dark until they come out. If the hunter was on posted property, he may have appeared suspicious, because he didn’t want to get caught trespassing.

  • Eric

    No photo? This woman who was 20 feet away from “Frein” and didn’t get a photo. I’m calling nans on this.

  • shoddymill

    So, this is playing out as expected. Leaves are falling, it’s harder for him to stay hidden, he has to move around more. Between that, hunger, fatigue and stress, he’s going to make mistakes. Just pray that one of those mistakes finally delivers him to justice. This whole thing has defied our instant gratification mindset, but hats off to the searchers for persistence and patience.

  • John Rovenolt

    I am glad to hear he has been spotted and has not fled the state. However, I still think Governor Corbett should stay away from all of this because he is the biggest joke for a governor in modern Pennsylvania and is a Machiavellian Fascist to boot! He should be getting ready to arrange a moving van out of the Governor’s Mansion on Front Street in Harrisburg for a move on November 5th!

  • Kyra

    I’m a student from PME. And today I was cheering at a football game. Was driving to the game and saw many state troopers and helicopters. During the game. They timed out incase of any emergancies. Above was heliocopters flying ahead in circles. After the game, I heard a state trooper say someone told them they saw something suspicious today, (possibly Eric.) I’m hoping they find him and catch him. I will be very upset if PME won’t have school on Monday.

  • evilmist

    20ft at 9pm? Its pitch black at that time! I dont think a guy on the run for over a month would be seen at 20ft away by a civilian.

  • jb

    DO YOU SEE FREIN? THE WOODS FROM ONE AREA TO THE NEXT AND BACK AGAIN AND NOW FOR OVER A MONTH AND NOW A WOMAN THAT WASN’T SURE THOUGH SEE MAY HAVE SEE A GUY THAT LOOKED LIKE HIM WITH MUD ON HIS FACE AT A HIGH SCHOOL. I SEE HIM, I SEE HIM NOT AND THE GAME AND OVERTIME GOES ON AND ON. THE STATE POLICE ARE HAPPY TO GET ANY CALL TO KEEP THIS GOING. WAS IT A COP WIFE? GET YOUR CHECK BOOK OUT AND TELL THE KIDS NO TOYS THIS YEAR HAVE TAXES TO PAY.

    • tlm

      That’s what I thought originally. Now I’m not so sure. Im nervous that he’ll react like a cornered animal ready to fight for its life. I think now that’s is near the end its going to get ugly. I mean what does he have to lose? I think its safe to say he’s going to be charged w/ capitol murder/death penalty or life sentence w/out parole. In his mind what else can we really do to him? That’s when criminals become exceptionally violent ,I’m afraid.

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