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Pennsylvania troopers deny rumored affair as motive for State Trooper shootings
Eric Frein is escorted to a preliminary hearing on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 at the Pike County Courthouse in Milford, Pa. Frein, 31, of Canadensis, is the lone suspect in the Sept. 12, 2014 shooting outside the Blooming Grove state police barracks in Pike County that killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson and seriously wounded Trooper Alex Douglass. Police say Frein led law enforcement on a 48-day manhunt through the Pocono woods before U.S. marshals captured him Oct. 30 near an abandoned airplane hangar. (Harry Fisher/Allentown Morning Call/TNS via Getty Images)
This combination of undated images provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation after the capturing of Eric Matthew Frein, on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, show Frein, 31, of Canadensis, Pa. Authorities said Thursday that they have captured Frein, who had been eluding police, but is charged with killing one Pennsylvania State Trooper and seriously wounding another. (AP Photo/FBI)
Eric Frein, left, is led from the Pike County Courthouse after his preliminary hearing on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 in Milford, Pa. Frein is charged with fatally shooting a Pennsylvania state trooper and wounded another during an ambush at their barracks in September. A judge on Monday ordered Frein to stand trial on the charges. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Frein led authorities on a 48-day manhunt through the Pocono woods before marshals captured him at an abandoned airplane hangar. (AP Photo/David Kidwell)
First look inside abandoned hangar where Eric Frein hid from police: The search for suspected cop killer Eric Frein is over, but there are still questions about how he was able to stay on the run for so long. (WNEP-TV)
First look inside abandoned hangar where Eric Frein hid from police: The search for suspected cop killer Eric Frein is over, but there are still questions about how he was able to stay on the run for so long. (WNEP-TV)
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70's era brochure from Birchwood Resort where Eric Frein was found near an abandoned hangar last week. @WNEP #Poconos http://t.co/oQg1zHjj75
First look inside abandoned hangar where Eric Frein hid from police: The search for suspected cop killer Eric Frein is over, but there are still questions about how he was able to stay on the run for so long. (WNEP-TV)
First look inside abandoned hangar where Eric Frein hid from police: The search for suspected cop killer Eric Frein is over, but there are still questions about how he was able to stay on the run for so long. (WNEP-TV)
First look inside abandoned hangar where Eric Frein hid from police: The search for suspected cop killer Eric Frein is over, but there are still questions about how he was able to stay on the run for so long. (WNEP-TV)
First look inside abandoned hangar where Eric Frein hid from police: The search for suspected cop killer Eric Frein is over, but there are still questions about how he was able to stay on the run for so long. (WNEP-TV)
First look inside abandoned hangar where Eric Frein hid from police: The search for suspected cop killer Eric Frein is over, but there are still questions about how he was able to stay on the run for so long. (WNEP-TV)
First look inside abandoned hangar where Eric Frein hid from police: The search for suspected cop killer Eric Frein is over, but there are still questions about how he was able to stay on the run for so long. (WNEP-TV)
First look inside abandoned hangar where Eric Frein hid from police: The search for suspected cop killer Eric Frein is over, but there are still questions about how he was able to stay on the run for so long. (WNEP-TV)
First look inside abandoned hangar where Eric Frein hid from police: The search for suspected cop killer Eric Frein is over, but there are still questions about how he was able to stay on the run for so long. (WNEP-TV)
Eric Frein is escorted to his arraignment in the Pike County Courthouse on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 in Milord, Pa. (Harry Fisher/Allentown Morning Call/MCT via Getty Images)
Eric Frein is escorted by police out the Pike County Courthouse after his arraignment in Milford, Pa., Friday Oct. 31, 2014. Frein, was captured seven weeks after police say he killed a Pennsylvania State trooper in an ambush outside a barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)
Accused cop killer Eric Frein's mug shot taken after his Thursday night arrest. (Pike County Jail)
CRESCO, PA - OCTOBER 31: A Pocono Police car sits on the route to the hangar where Eric Matthew was captured on Thursday night, on October 31, 2014 in Cresco, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
CRESCO, PA - OCTOBER 31: Scott Malkowski, Task Force Commander, US Marshals Service, Special Operations Group, gestures as he explain how Eric Matthew reacts when he was captured on Thursday night, while he talks with members of the media on October 31, 2014 in Cresco, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
CRESCO, PA - OCTOBER 31: Scott Malkowski, Task Force Commander, US Marshals Service, Special Operations Group, talks with members of the media while he explains how Eric Matthew was captured on Thursday night, on October 31, 2014 in Cresco, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
CRESCO, PA - OCTOBER 31: Scott Malkowski, Task Force Commander, US Marshals Service, Special Operations Group, show the map of the operation in which they captured Eric Matthew Frein on Thursday night while he talks with members of the media on October 31, 2014 in Cresco, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
MILFORD, PA - OCTOBER 31: A Pennsylvania State Police SWAT officer stands by as Eric Frein arrives at the Pike County Courthouse for his arraignment on October 31, 2014 in Milford, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
CRESCO, PA - OCTOBER 31: Scott Malkowski, Task Force Commander, US Marshals Service, Special Operations Group, show the map of the operation in which they captured Eric Matthew Frein on Thursday night while he talks with members of the media on October 31, 2014 in Cresco, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
MILFORD, PA - OCTOBER 31: Pennsylvania State Police SWAT officers arrive at the Pike County Courthouse for Eric Frein's arraignment on October 31, 2014 in Milford, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
CRESCO, PA - OCTOBER 31: A Pocono Police car sits on the route to the hangar where Eric Matthew was captured on Thursday night, on October 31, 2014 in Cresco, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
MILFORD, PA - OCTOBER 31: Lt. Col. George Bivens of the state police attends a press conference in the front of the court house after Eric Frein makes first court appearance on October 31, 2014 in Milford, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
MILFORD, PA - OCTOBER 31: Lt. Col. George Bivens of the state police speaks at a press conference in the front of the court house after Eric Frein makes first court appearance on October 31, 2014 in Milford, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
MILFORD, PA - OCTOBER 31: Eric Frein arrives for arraignment to court on October 31, 2014 in Milford, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
MILFORD, PA - OCTOBER 31: Eric Frein arrives for arraignment to court on October 31, 2014 in Milford, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
Eric Frein is escorted by police into the Pike County Courthouse for his arraignment in Milford, Pa., Friday Oct. 31, 2014. Frein, was captured seven weeks after police say he killed a Pennsylvania State trooper in an ambush outside a barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)
Eric Frein is escorted by police into the Pike County Courthouse for his arraignment in Milford, Pa., Friday Oct. 31, 2014. Frein, was captured seven weeks after police say he killed a Pennsylvania State trooper in an ambush outside a barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)
Erin Frein, suspected of shooting two Pennsylvania state troopers last month, is led from the state police barracks in Blooming Grove, Pa. after his arrest on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. (AP Photo/David Kidwell)
Erin Frein, suspected of shooting two Pennsylvania state troopers last month, is led from the state police barracks in Blooming Grove, Pa. after his arrest on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. (AP Photo/David Kidwell)
Erin Frein, suspected of shooting two Pennsylvania stet troopers last month, is led from the state police barracks in Blooming Grove, Pa. after his arrest on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. (AP Photo/David Kidwell)
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Pike County District Attorney Raymond Tonkin insisted Thursday evening that he would seek the death penalty against Frein. (CNN)
Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan insisted that Frein was captured not because he was tired, but "because he was caught -- he had no choice." (CNN)
This undated PennDOT identification photo released Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, by the Pennsylvania State Police shows Eric Matthew Frein, 31, of Canadensis, Penn., being sought in Friday's shooting that left one trooper dead and another critically wounded at a state police barracks in Blooming Grove. A gunman killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, and critically wounded Trooper Alex Douglass outside the barracks during a late-night shift change, then slipped away. (AP Photo/PennDOT via Pennsylvania State Police)
In this undated photo provided by the Pennsylvania State Police, a pipe bomb is shown. State police searching for Eric Frein, accused of killing a trooper, said Tuesday Sept. 30, 2014, that they found two pipe bombs in the Pennsylvania woods during their manhunt that were capable of causing significant damage. The bombs were not deployed, but they were fully functional and had both trip wires and fuses, Lt. Col. George Bivens said at a news conference in Blooming Grove, Pa. (AP Photo/Pennsylvania State Police)
In this undated photo provided by the Pennsylvania State Police, a pipe bomb in a bag is shown. State police searching for Eric Frein, accused of killing a trooper, said Tuesday Sept. 30, 2014, that they found two pipe bombs in the Pennsylvania woods during their manhunt that were capable of causing significant damage. The bombs were not deployed, but they were fully functional and had both trip wires and fuses, Lt. Col. George Bivens said at a news conference in Blooming Grove, Pa. (AP Photo/Pennsylvania State Police)
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Members of the Scranton, Pa., Police Special Operations Group, search the woods, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, in Barrett Township near Canadensis, Pa., for suspected killer Eric Frein. A massive manhunt has been underway for 31-year-old Frein in the rugged terrain of the Pocono Mountains since Sept. 12. The self-taught survivalist is charged with killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson and seriously wounding Trooper Alex Douglass outside their barracks in Blooming Grove. (AP Photo/Scranton Times & Tribune, Butch Comegys)
UNSPECIFIED - UNDATED: In this handout provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Eric Matthew Frein, 31, poses on an unspecified date and location. Eric Frein is being sought in the killing of State Trooper Bryon Dickson. (Photo by Federal Bureau of Investigation via Getty Images)
Pennsylvania State Police released images Wednesday of what they believe ambush suspect Eric Frein might look like now.
Pennsylvania State Police released images Wednesday of what they believe ambush suspect Eric Frein might look like now.
This undated photo provided by the Pennsylvania State Police shows a Jeep that ambush suspect Eric Frein is believed to have driven into a swampy area and abandoned after the Sept. 12 shooting in Blooming Grove, Pa. Frein, a suspect in the fatal ambush of a trooper has occasionally made himself visible to officers before melting back into the forest, and police found empty packs of Serbian-branded cigarettes and soiled diapers believed to have been left by him, Pennsylvania State Police said Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Pennsylvania State Police)
This undated photo provided by the Pennsylvania State Police shows a Jeep that ambush suspect Eric Frein is believed to have driven into a swampy area and abandoned after the Sept. 12 shooting in Blooming Grove, Pa. Frein, a suspect in the fatal ambush of a trooper has occasionally made himself visible to officers before melting back into the forest, and police found empty packs of Serbian-branded cigarettes and soiled diapers believed to have been left by him, Pennsylvania State Police said Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Pennsylvania State Police)
Lt. Col. George Bivens points to images of the pipe bombs that police say were left by trooper ambush suspect Eric Frein in the Pennsylvania woods, at a news conference in Blooming Grove Pa., Tuesday Sept. 30, 2014. The bombs were not deployed, but they were fully functional and could have been set off by either a trip wire or a fuse, Bivens said. In background is John Brosnan, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI's Philadelphia office. (AP Photo/Michael Rubinkam)
Pennsylvania State Police say they remain confident that Eric Frein, the man suspected of killing a trooper in an ambush attack and injuring another, is still in the general search area.
FBI enhanced pictures of what Eric Frein may currently look like with Mohawk and/or facial hair http://t.co/E90ZqN9PTo
This recent photo and released by Pennsylvania State Police on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, shows a campsite near Canadensis, Pa., that officials say was used by suspected killer Eric Frein. A massive manhunt has been underway for 31-year-old Frein in the rugged terrain of the Pocono Mountains since Sept. 12. The self-taught survivalist is charged with killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson and seriously wounding Trooper Alex Douglass outside their barracks in Blooming Grove. (AP Photo/Pennsylvania State Police)
The Inn at Buck Hill, an abandoned Pocono Mountains resort that is being scoured by investigators as they hunt for accused cop killer Eric Frein. (Pennsylvania State Police)
One of the many caves search teams are tasked with clearing as they hunt down the wanted man. (Pennsylvania State Police)
Police surround a neighborhood in the Pocono Mountains in search of suspect Eric Frein on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 in Canandensis, Pa. Police have charged Frein with opening fire outside a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania on Sept. 12. Cpl. Bryon Dickson was killed and Trooper Alex Douglass was wounded by the gunman with a high-powered rifle. (AP Photo/Chris Post)
This image provided by the FBI shows a wanted poster for Eric Frein who is charged with killing Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson during an ambush on Sept. 12, 2014. Frein has been added to the FBI’s 10 most wanted list. Authorities say putting Frein on the most wanted list will allow the FBI to use more resources in the manhunt. The agency is also offering a $100,000 reward. (AP Photo/FBI)
Displayed at a grocery store is a wanted advertisement for Eric Frein on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Philadelphia. Police have charged Frein with opening fire outside a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania on Sept. 12. Cpl. Bryon Dickson was killed and Trooper Alex Douglass was wounded by the gunman with a high-powered rifle. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
An undated photo provided by the Pennsylvania State Police shows what they say is an AK-47-style assault rifle that they have recovered from the woods in the manhunt for Eric Frein, who allegedly opened fire in a deadly ambush at a Pennsylvania state police barracks on Sept. 12. Investigators describe Frein as a self-taught survivalist who had been planning a confrontation with law enforcement for months, if not years. (AP Photo/Pennsylvania State Police)
An undated photo provided by the Pennsylvania State Police shows what they say are magazines for an AK-47-style assault rifle that they have recovered from the woods in the manhunt for Eric Frein, who allegedly opened fire in a deadly ambush at a Pennsylvania state police barracks on Sept. 12. Investigators describe Frein as a self-taught survivalist who had been planning a confrontation with law enforcement for months, if not years. (AP Photo/Pennsylvania State Police)
A video display at a convenience store shows a wanted poster of Eric Frein, a 31-year-old from Canadensis, Pa., Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Philadelphia. Frein is charged with killing Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson and wounding Trooper Alex Douglass in a late-night ambush Sept. 12 outside the Blooming Grove state police barracks. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
This photo provided by Pennsylvania State Police shows Trooper Alex Douglass. Investigators on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014 returned to scour the woods across from a state police barracks where two troopers were ambushed, injuring Douglass and killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson. (AP Photo/Pennsylvania State Police)
Corporal Bryon Dickson was killed Friday, September 12 in an ambush at the state police barracks in Pennsylvania. (Image courtesy: AP)
Police surround a neighborhood in the Pocono Mountains in search of suspect Eric Frein on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 in Canandensis, Pa. Police have charged Frein with opening fire outside a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania on Sept. 12. Cpl. Bryon Dickson was killed and Trooper Alex Douglass was wounded by the gunman with a high-powered rifle. (AP Photo/Chris Post)
Police surround a neighborhood in the Pocono Mountains in search of suspect Eric Frein on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 in Canandensis, Pa. Police have charged Frein with opening fire outside a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania on Sept. 12. Cpl. Bryon Dickson was killed and Trooper Alex Douglass was wounded by the gunman with a high-powered rifle. (AP Photo/Chris Post)
Displaced residents Jennifer and Jason Neff speak with a Pennsylvania State Trooper about returning to their home, as police surround a neighborhood in the Pocono Mountains in search of suspect Eric Frein on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 in Canandensis, Pa. The Neff's were evacuated from their home at 6:50pm Friday evening. Police have charged Frein with opening fire outside a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania on Sept. 12. Cpl. Bryon Dickson was killed and Trooper Alex Douglass was wounded by the gunman with a high-powered rifle. (AP Photo/Chris Post)
Police surround a neighborhood in the Pocono Mountains in search of suspect Eric Frein on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 in Canandensis, Pa. Police have charged Frein with opening fire outside a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania on Sept. 12. Cpl. Bryon Dickson was killed and Trooper Alex Douglass was wounded by the gunman with a high-powered rifle. (AP Photo/Chris Post)
Joe Ksiaskiewicz and his daughter Ann Winner walk back to their car after being denied entry by police into the community where they live as police surround the area in search of suspect Eric Frein on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 in Canandensis, Pa. Police have charged Frein with opening fire outside a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania on Sept. 12. Cpl. Bryon Dickson was killed and Trooper Alex Douglass was wounded by the gunman with a high-powered rifle. (AP Photo/Chris Post)
Police surround a neighborhood in the Pocono Mountains in search of suspect Eric Frein on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 in Canandensis, Pa. Police have charged Frein with opening fire outside a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania on Sept. 12. Cpl. Bryon Dickson was killed and Trooper Alex Douglass was wounded by the gunman with a high-powered rifle. (AP Photo/Chris Post)
An honor guard carries the casket of Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson from his funeral service, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Scranton, Pa. Dickson was killed on Friday night in an ambush shooting at the state police barracks in Blooming Grove Township. Authorities are looking for 31-year-old Eric Frein, of Canadensis, who has been charged with killing one trooper and wounding another outside the barracks. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Displaced residents Jennifer and Jason Neff speak with a Pennsylvania State Trooper about returning to their home, as police surround a neighborhood in the Pocono Mountains in search of suspect Eric Frein on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 in Canandensis, Pa. The Neff's were evacuated from their home at 6:50pm Friday evening. Police have charged Frein with opening fire outside a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania on Sept. 12. Cpl. Bryon Dickson was killed and Trooper Alex Douglass was wounded by the gunman with a high-powered rifle. (AP Photo/Chris Post)
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Police surround a neighborhood in the Pocono Mountains in search of suspect Eric Frein on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 in Canandensis, Pa. Police have charged Frein with opening fire outside a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania on Sept. 12. Cpl. Bryon Dickson was killed and Trooper Alex Douglass was wounded by the gunman with a high-powered rifle. (AP Photo/Chris Post)
Police surround a neighborhood in the Pocono Mountains in search of suspect Eric Frein on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 in Canandensis, Pa. Police have charged Frein with opening fire outside a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania on Sept. 12. Cpl. Bryon Dickson was killed and Trooper Alex Douglass was wounded by the gunman with a high-powered rifle. (AP Photo/Chris Post)
Police surround a neighborhood in the Pocono Mountains in search of suspect Eric Frein on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 in Canandensis, Pa. Police have charged Frein with opening fire outside a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania on Sept. 12. Cpl. Bryon Dickson was killed and Trooper Alex Douglass was wounded by the gunman with a high-powered rifle. (AP Photo/Chris Post)
An honor guard carries the casket of Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson from his funeral service, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Scranton, Pa. Dickson was killed on Friday night in an ambush shooting at the state police barracks in Blooming Grove Township. Authorities are looking for 31-year-old Eric Frein, of Canadensis, who has been charged with killing one trooper and wounding another outside the barracks. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
A law enforcement officer arrives for a funeral service for Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Scranton, Pa. Dickson was killed on Friday night in an ambush shooting at the state police barracks in Blooming Grove Township. Authorities are looking for 31-year-old Eric Frein, of Canadensis, who is charged with killing one trooper and wounding another outside the barracks. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
An honor guard carries the casket of Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson from his funeral service, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Scranton, Pa. Dickson was killed on Friday night in an ambush shooting at the state police barracks in Blooming Grove Township. Authorities are looking for 31-year-old Eric Frein, of Canadensis, who has been charged with killing one trooper and wounding another outside the barracks. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
A law enforcement officers holds a folded United States flag before a funeral service for Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Scranton, Pa. Dickson was killed on Friday night in an ambush shooting at the state police barracks in Blooming Grove Township. Authorities are looking for 31-year-old Eric Frein, of Canadensis, who has been charged with killing one trooper and wounding another outside the barracks. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
An honor guard carries the casket of Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson from his funeral service, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Scranton, Pa. Dickson was killed on Friday night in an ambush shooting at the state police barracks in Blooming Grove Township. Authorities are looking for 31-year-old Eric Frein, of Canadensis, who has been charged with killing one trooper and wounding another outside the barracks. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Tiffany Dickson, the widow of Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson leaves his funeral service Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Scranton, Pa. Dickson was killed on Friday night in an ambush shooting at the state police barracks in Blooming Grove Township. Authorities are looking for 31-year-old Eric Frein, of Canadensis, who has been charged with killing one trooper and wounding another outside the barracks. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
An honor guard folds the flag from the casket of Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson after his funeral service, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Scranton, Pa. Dickson was killed on Friday night in an ambush shooting at the state police barracks in Blooming Grove Township. Authorities are looking for 31-year-old Eric Frein, of Canadensis, who has been charged with killing one trooper and wounding another outside the barracks. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Law enforcement officers salute the remains of Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson after his funeral service, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Scranton, Pa. Dickson was killed on Friday night in an ambush shooting at the state police barracks in Blooming Grove Township. Authorities are looking for 31-year-old Eric Frein, of Canadensis, who has been charged with killing one trooper and wounding another outside the barracks. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Mourners leave after a funeral service for Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Scranton, Pa. Dickson was killed on Friday night in an ambush shooting at the state police barracks in Blooming Grove Township. Authorities are looking for 31-year-old Eric Frein, of Canadensis, who has been charged with killing one trooper and wounding another outside the barracks. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Law enforcement officers salute the remains of Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson after his funeral service, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Scranton, Pa. Dickson was killed on Friday night in an ambush shooting at the state police barracks in Blooming Grove Township. Authorities are looking for 31-year-old Eric Frein, of Canadensis, who has been charged with killing one trooper and wounding another outside the barracks. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Family members follow as an honor guard carries the casket of Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson for a funeral service, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Scranton, Pa. Dickson was killed on Friday night in an ambush shooting at the state police barracks in Blooming Grove Township. Authorities are looking for 31-year-old Eric Frein, of Canadensis, who is charged with killing one trooper and wounding another outside the barracks. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
An honor guard carries the casket of Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson for a funeral service, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Scranton, Pa. Dickson was killed on Friday night in an ambush shooting at the state police barracks in Blooming Grove Township. Authorities are looking for 31-year-old Eric Frein, of Canadensis, who is charged with killing one trooper and wounding another outside the barracks. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Tiffany Dickson, the widow of Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson leaves his funeral service Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Scranton, Pa. Dickson was killed on Friday night in an ambush shooting at the state police barracks in Blooming Grove Township. Authorities are looking for 31-year-old Eric Frein, of Canadensis, who has been charged with killing one trooper and wounding another outside the barracks. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Law enforcement officers salute as the honor guard arrives for a funeral service for Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Scranton, Pa. Dickson was killed on Friday night in an ambush shooting at the state police barracks in Blooming Grove Township. Authorities are looking for 31-year-old Eric Frein, of Canadensis, who is charged with killing one trooper and wounding another outside the barracks. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Mourners look on as law enforcement officers salute as the honor guard arrives for a funeral service for Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Scranton, Pa. Dickson was killed Friday night in an ambush shooting at the state police barracks in Blooming Grove Township. Authorities are looking for 31-year-old Eric Frein, of Canadensis, who is charged with killing one trooper and wounding another outside the barracks. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
A firefighter salutes the remains of Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson after his funeral service, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Scranton, Pa. Dickson was killed on Friday night in an ambush shooting at the state police barracks in Blooming Grove Township. Authorities are looking for 31-year-old Eric Frein, of Canadensis, who has been charged with killing one trooper and wounding another outside the barracks. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
A law enforcement officers holds a folded United States flag after a funeral service for Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Scranton, Pa. Dickson was killed on Friday night in an ambush shooting at the state police barracks in Blooming Grove Township. Authorities are looking for 31-year-old Eric Frein, of Canadensis, who has been charged with killing one trooper and wounding another outside the barracks. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Law enforcement officers gather before a funeral service for Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Scranton, Pa. Dickson was killed on Friday night in an ambush shooting at the state police barracks in Blooming Grove Township. Authorities are looking for 31-year-old Eric Frein, of Canadensis, who has been charged with killing one trooper and wounding another outside the barracks. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Mourners embrace after a funeral service for Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Scranton, Pa. Dickson was killed on Friday night in an ambush shooting at the state police barracks in Blooming Grove Township. Authorities are looking for 31-year-old Eric Frein, of Canadensis, who has been charged with killing one trooper and wounding another outside the barracks. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Police surround a neighborhood in the Pocono Mountains in search of suspect Eric Frein on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 in Canandensis, Pa. Police have charged Frein with opening fire outside a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania on Sept. 12. Cpl. Bryon Dickson was killed and Trooper Alex Douglass was wounded by the gunman with a high-powered rifle. (AP Photo/Chris Post)
Eric Frein is escorted to a preliminary hearing on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 at the Pike County Courthouse in Milford, Pa. Frein, 31, of Canadensis, is the lone suspect in the Sept. 12, 2014 shooting outside the Blooming Grove state police barracks in Pike County that killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson and seriously wounded Trooper Alex Douglass. Police say Frein led law enforcement on a 48-day manhunt through the Pocono woods before U.S. marshals captured him Oct. 30 near an abandoned airplane hangar. (Harry Fisher/Allentown Morning Call/TNS via Getty Images)
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By RYAN GORMAN

An explosive rumored motive for the man who ambushed two State Troopers earlier this month and has been hiding in the woods ever since has been shot down by authorities.

Pennsylvania State Police claim a rumored affair between suspected gunman Eric Frein's sister-in-law Melissa Frein and badly-injured trooper Alex Douglass is nothing more than a rumor.

"Through many investigative techniques, the state police have found no evidence that there was an inappropriate relationship between Tpr. Douglass and Melissa Frein," Lt. Col George Bivens said in a statement.

"We cannot assume to know what Eric Frien believes -- however, we are convinced Tpr. Douglass and Melissa Frein did not have a personal relationship," he added.

Eric Frein is also the primary suspect in the shooting death of Cpl. Bryon Dickson at the Blooming Grove State Police Barracks.

"Rumor and innuendo has no place in a law enforcement investigation," said Bivens.

Both Melissa Frein and Tpr Douglass are friends, and live less than a mile apart in Canadensis, officials said, but nothing more.

The official statement came as authorities also said they believe Eric Frein has been planning the attack for at least a couple years.

"That information is supported by a search of a computer hard drive which Frein had access to – the search of the PC indicates extensive Internet research on how to avoid police manhunts and skills related to survival," explained Bivens.

The manhunt for the accused cop killer has shifted from combing the woods to searching an abandoned resort, a place he is known to have frequented in the past, police said.

"Our teams searched the vacant Inn at Buck Hill Falls -- this property spans over 4,600 acres and more than 900,000 sq. ft. of multiple multi-level structures and underground tunnels," said Bivens. "Every inch of this private vacant resort needed to be cleared."

Authorities are also clearing caves as they find them.

"We have mentioned before the numerous places Frein may be utilizing for shelter – specifically, the caves we have found during this investigation. All of these potential hiding places need to be cleared as well," said Bivens.

Numerous reports have suggested the police have sighted Eric Frein during their searches, but he is yet to be captured. Ammunition, a rifle and cigarettes believed to be his have been recovered in the woods this week.

The surrounding town is still on edge, but Bivens has not backed down from challenging the accused killer.

"You are a coward," said Bivens. "Your actions have caused tremendous disruption for an innocent community, while you try to hide from us.

"We are not intimidated and we will not leave," Bivens added. "We have a clear mission with specific objectives – protect the community, find you, and bring you to justice."

It has been more than two weeks since Tpr. Dickson was killed.

The search remains ongoing.

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