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Michigan AG To Lead Prison Escape Probe

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Michael David Elliot escaped from the Ionia Correctional Facility. (credit: Michigan Dept. Of Corrections OTIS)

Michael David Elliot escaped from the Ionia Correctional Facility. (credit: Michigan Dept. Of Corrections OTIS)

LANSING  (WWJ/AP) – The office of Michigan’s attorney general plans to lead an investigation into the daring escape of a convicted killer who was captured a day later in Indiana.

Michigan’s Gov. Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Friday that the Department of Attorney General will lead the probe.

The review is in addition to a Michigan Department of Corrections internal investigation.

Snyder said in a statement “we must have an exhaustive investigation into the circumstances that led to this incident and take whatever appropriate action may be necessary to prevent future occurrences.” He says it will ensure “the most thorough” review.

Schuette says the investigation will be “aggressive.”

Officials were stunned by the brazen escape last Sunday night of 40-year-old 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, according to prison officials.

He stole a Jeep and abducted the female driver, who managed to escape when they stopped for gas.

Elliot was arrested Monday in a stolen vehicle in northwestern Indiana, about 24 hours after fleeing Ionia.

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