Police: Convicted killer who escaped from Michigan prison captured in Indiana

Michael David Elliot (Provided Photo/Michigan Department of Corrections)
Michael David Elliot (Provided Photo/Michigan Department of Corrections)

LaPORTE, Ind. (AP) —A man convicted of murder who escaped from a Michigan prison Sunday was captured in Indiana Monday night.

Forty-year-old Michael David Elliot was discovered missing about 9:30 p.m. Sunday from the Ionia Correctional Facility in mid-Michigan. Corrections officials say he was dressed in a white kitchen uniform and may have escaped about 6 or 7 p.m.

Elliot was serving a life sentence for fatally shooting four people and burning down their Gladwin County house in 1993.

Police say he abducted a woman. She was able to escape when he stopped for gas in Indiana.

Police in LaGrange County received a call around 12:15 p.m. Monday about a red Jeep parked by a home in Shipshewana.

Police responded to the scene and determined it was the vehicle Elliot was last seen driving. Schools in the area were placed on lock down. Police went door to door in an effort to find Elliot and eventually suspended their search around 5:30 p.m.

Around 6 p.m., a LaPorte County deputy attempted to pull over a car believed to be stolen but the car sped away. After a short chase, the car stopped and the driver, identified as Elliott, was taken into custody.

He was being held in the LaPorte County Jail on Monday.

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