Pennsylvania troopers deny rumored affair as motive for State Trooper shootings

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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)
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)
Also found in Frein hangar by PSP: 14 page handwritten note from 1996 (?) in a manila envelope. @WNEP http://t.co/wMHp255wP5
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)
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)
NEW PHOTO of Eric Frein in police custody http://t.co/jtCxORqQ7p http://t.co/oymJu944l0
Breaking: first photo of #EricFrein in trooper car http://t.co/Uhxd1Yy0MG
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)
Pocono Mt. SD closed Tuesday after possible sighting of accused cop killer Eric Frein near hs http://t.co/RUVoYnxa6k http://t.co/0EXfyPtulz
K9, FBI, border patrol canvassing hillside near Swiftwater School campus looking for Eric Frein. http://t.co/hGHxARQbcC
#EricFrein manhunt along Lower Swiftwater Road. Upper Swiftwater closing. @wnep http://t.co/3f7dXlvqH7
Cop-killer suspect Eric Frein possibly spotted near Pennsylvania high school http://t.co/xCtf83wxdp http://t.co/WHUOoAu8co
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.
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
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)
Massive manhunt under way in killing of Pennsylvania state trooper. http://t.co/pp5Gypwf5m http://t.co/XXXWZ2Q2cI
One PA State Trooper dead, another injured after being ambushed at their barracks last night. http://t.co/x5xsngN36k http://t.co/kRKAqVssiZ
Police ID Eric Matthew Frein, 31, as suspect in #BloomingGrove trooper shooting. Considered armed, dangerous. http://t.co/oVMerPYPRr
PSP schedules 2 p.m. news conference to discuss trooper shooting -- WATCH LIVE HERE: http://t.co/HrWJkIuV2x http://t.co/ihn2mTSITQ
#BREAKING WPVI reports PSP have a suspect in trooper shooting case; briefing set for 2 p.m. http://t.co/1yBaTVKluu http://t.co/OBXXq0QFFD
Tragedy for Pa. State Police + all society: ambush kills 1 trooper, wounds another; no suspect http://t.co/IJZYeMBmlj http://t.co/Km9RSdTSDk
PHOTO of Pa. State Trooper killed in ambush http://t.co/wFTHl0ln7z http://t.co/lpwI5pETJM
Most Viewed: Pennsylvania state trooper dies in shooting http://t.co/STAscMgIwt http://t.co/YqCZHpsaPm
DEVELOPING NOW: Search for suspect after two Pennsylvania State Troopers shot, one killed http://t.co/5Owg4ifF5G http://t.co/arzq50tBDA
State Trooper killed another wounded in shooting at Blooming Grove barracks in Pike County. We are live at 6-WBRE http://t.co/sd6iFC487G
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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