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State Agencies Work to Apprehend Prison Escapee



CONTACT:  Russ Marlan, Public Information Officer

                        (517) 373-6391

The Department of Corrections (MDOC) and the Michigan State Police (MSP) are working in conjunction with the U.S. Marshals Service to apprehend Michael David Elliot who escaped from the MDOC Ionia Correctional Facility during the evening hours of Sunday, February 2, 2014. Elliot was serving four life sentences for murder.

Elliot is described as a white male, approximately 5’8" and 165 lbs. He has brown hair and brown eyes and is approximately 40 years old. Elliot was last seen at approximately midnight in the area of the 80/90 Turnpike driving a red 2004 Jeep Liberty with a Michigan license plate reading 5FTG55. He was wearing black fatigue pants, white tennis shoes and a white beanie cap (see security camera image).

At approximately 1 p.m. today, the Jeep was located abandoned in a parking lot in Shipshewana, Indiana.

Elliot should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who comes in contact with him should notify law enforcement immediately. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Tip Line at (616) 527-5616.

After escaping from the MDOC Ionia Correctional Facility, Elliot carjacked a local woman and drove south. The woman was able to escape and notify law enforcement while the two were stopped at a gas station just south of the Michigan/Indiana state line.

Media Contacts:

Russ Marlan, MDOC, 517-243-1064

Michigan State Police, 616-527-5607