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(CANADENSIS, Pa.) — Search teams hunting suspected cop killer Eric Frein focused on a square mile-and-a-half area of Monroe County, Pa., Sunday evening after a possible sighting by law enforcement, police said.

“The search teams are following up on a possible sighting by law enforcement in the area from earlier this afternoon, and other teams that are searching in other areas of Price and Barrett Townships,” Pennsylvania State Police spokeswoman Trooper Connie Devens said Sunday.

Devens said, however, that it was not a positive identification.

The possible sighting comes two days after searchers confiscated a stash of food, ammunition, clothing and other supplies at a camp site in the Pennsylvania woods they suspected was Frein’s.

Last week they also found more than 90 rounds of ammunition for a .308 rifle, the same caliber weapon Frein is accused of using when he allegedly ambushed two state troopers on Sept. 12, killing one and wounding another.

Lt. Col. George Bivens said Friday he believes that with each supply cache found by police, Frein is weakening, because he doesn’t think Frein is trying to live off the land.

“One of the things he seems to be surviving on predominantly would be cans of tuna fish and ramen noodles,” Bivens said. “I believe his food is running out and we’ve seized a big amount of it.”

Police have found empty packs of Serbian cigarettes, an AK-47, ammunition and two pipe bombs in the search, which is focused on the border of Pike and Monroe counties in eastern Pennsylvania.

The suspect is a self-trained survivalist and war reenactor obsessed with Eastern European militaries and weapons. He learned to shoot from his father, a retired Army major.

Bivens said Frein’s family, who lives nearby in Canadensis, is being cooperative.

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