NEWS BRIEF: Alleged shooter remains loose, Great Pocono Escape canceled


The search for a man who allegedly shot and killed a Pennsylvania state trooper near Camp Canadensis last week caused the Office of Student Leadership Development to cancel its annual Great Pocono Escape, which was scheduled to occur at the camp last weekend.

Eric Matthew Frein, 31, of Canadensis, Pennsylvania, is still the only suspect in the Sept. 12 fatal shooting of Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, and the injury of Trooper Alex Douglass, 31, in Pike County, according to The Morning Call.

Police are still searching for Frein, but have focused the search area to a few mile radius around his home in Monroe County, which is only about 15 minutes from Camp Canadensis. Frein is believed to be hiding in the woods surrounding that area, according to ABC 7 News.

He is a “self-styled survivalist,” police say, and is considered armed and very dangerous, The Morning Call reported.

Over 160 students and faculty within 11 campus organizations planned to attend the retreat, with the purpose of building relationships and setting goals for the academic year. Students were notified Friday morning when the Office of Student Leadership Development decided to officially cancel the event.

“I wanted to let you know that we have canceled the Great Pocono Escape for this weekend,” said Christine Gravelle, assistant dean and director of leadership development and civic engagement, in an email. “As you may be aware, the suspect was not apprehended, and there was a potential sighting in Monroe County.

“As mentioned previously, safety is our first priority, so we feel that canceling is the clear decision,” Gravelle wrote.

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