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      Convicted murderer escapes from Mid-Michigan correctional facility

      <font size="2">Michael David Elliot</font>

      *** UPDATE ***

      The director of the Michigan Department of Corrections says a nationwide alert has been issued for a convicted murderer serving life behind bars for four 1993 slayings who escaped from prison.

      Dan Heyns told reporters Monday morning at Ionia Correctional Facility in mid-Michigan that investigators believe 40-year-old Michael David Elliot isn't in the state.

      Authorities say he apparently abducted a woman at an Ionia gas station who fled his grips when he stopped for gas in Indiana.

      Heyns says Elliot was dressed in a white kitchen uniform, which might have helped him blend in with snow and evade security. Heyns says Elliot wasn't a kitchen worker, however. The department says he was noticed missing about 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

      Heyns says Elliot may have escaped about 6 p.m. or 7 p.m.

      *** END UPDATE ***

      Officials say a man serving life behind bars for murder in four 1993 deaths in Michigan has escaped from prison and may have abducted a woman before she got away in Indiana.

      Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan says in an email that 40-year-old Michael David Elliot was discovered missing about 9:30 p.m. Sunday from the Ionia Correctional Facility in mid-Michigan.

      Marlan says Elliot may have abducted a woman from Ionia using a knife or box cutter and drove to Elkhart in Indiana, where they stopped for gas. Marlan says the woman was able to escape at the gas station and call police. Marlan says Elliot left and was at large Monday morning.

      Elliot is serving life sentences for first-degree murder. He also has convictions for arson and armed robbery.