Manhunt on for escaped Michigan prisoner

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Ionia, MI, United States (4E) – Law enforcers in Michigan are searching for a convicted killer who escaped from the Ionia Correctional Facility on Sunday.

Michael David Elliot, 40, was discovered missing about 9:30 p.m., according to Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan. Elliot, who is serving life sentence for murdering four people in 1993, escaped the prison by crawling through a hole he created at the bottom of the two perimeter fences of the correctional facility, Marlan said.

Elliot then hijacked a vehicle driven by a woman around 8 p.m. by threatening her with a box cutter and they drove 100 miles to Elkhart, Indiana to refuel. At the gas station on State Road 13, the woman went to the bathroom and locked herself inside while calling the police through her mobile phone. But Elliot left before the police arrived taking the woman’s 2004 red Jeep Liberty with Michigan license plate 5FTG55.

Police circulated a description of the fugitive. He is 5-8 tall, weighs 165 pounds and has medium build, brown hair and eyes, a short hair and a beard, the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Office said. He is wearing the woman’s black cargo pants and jacket.

Meanwhile, a prisoner count at the correctional facility revealed that no other inmate escaped on Sunday.

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