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Multiple murderer escapes from Michigan prison, takes woman hostage
11 months ago

Michael David Elliot (Photo Courtesy Michigan Department of Corrections)

A man convicted of four murders is on the run after escaping from a Michigan prison and reportedly kidnapping a woman at a gas station in order to flee the state.

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40-year-old Michael Elliot managed to escape the maximum-security prison in Ionia, Michigan, on Sunday evening by taking advantage of vulnerabilities in the institution’s fence system.

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"It appears that he created a hole at the bottom of the two perimeter fences of the correctional facility and then crawled through those holes," Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan told the Associated Press.

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The escape has sparked a nationwide manhunt as law enforcement agencies attempt to predict where Elliot could be heading. Authorities in Nashville, Tennessee, have been contacted and told their city could be a potential destination since he has family in the area. A possible sighting in Tennessee has already been reported, according to local ABC affiliate WKRN.-

Elliot was convicted on four counts of first-degree murder back in 1993 and was serving a life in prison. In addition to the murder charges, MLive noted he was convicted of armed robbery, arson, and entering without breaking.

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According to Marlan, soon after escaping, Elliot used a knife or a box cutter to kidnap a woman. He drove her and her Jeep vehicle 100 miles south to a gas station in Elkhart, Indiana, where the woman was reportedly able to escape and call authorities as he pumped gas.

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Michigan Department of Corrections director Dan Heyns confirmed in a news conference that authorities believe Elliot is no longer in the state of Michigan, though he recommended that residents “remain vigilant.”

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"Citizens should immediately call 911 if they observe anything suspicious or possibly become aware of [Elliott's] whereabouts," Marlan said in a statement. Elliot is described as 165 pounds, white, 5-foot-8-inches tall and wearing a blue prison uniform. He reportedly has a scar on his upper lip and tattoos on both arms.

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As reported by another ABC affiliate, XZZM, Heyns stated that all other prisoners in Ionia have been accounted for, and that they don’t believe any other inmates aided Elliot. The director said the perimeter fences through which Elliot escaped have been fixed. He promised to open a full investigation into the incident.

http://rt.com/usa/murderer-escapes-michigan-prison-586/

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