IONIA, Mich. (AP/WWJ) – An intense manhunt was underway Monday for a convicted killer who peeled a hole in two fences with his hands to escape from a Michigan prison before abducting a woman and fleeing to Indiana where the victim and her vehicle were safely recovered, authorities said.
Officials were stunned by the brazen escape Sunday night of Michael David Elliot, who had a record of good behavior during his 20 years in custody. He wore a white civilian kitchen uniform to evade security and blend in with snow at the Ionia Correctional Facility in western Michigan, prisons spokesman Russ Marlan said.
Once outside the prison in Ionia, Elliot, 40, abducted a woman and stole her Jeep. She escaped late Sunday when he stopped for gas in Middlebury, Ind., some 100 miles to the south. The woman’s red Jeep was found abandoned nearby in Shipshewana on Monday.
The 911 tapes have been released of the woman.
When they stopped for gas just south of the Michigan/Indiana border .. the woman he carjacked called police.
She tells the operator that she is being held hostage by an escaped prisoner. The operator asks the woman if she can get to the restroom … listen to the tapes below: