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Escaped Michigan Prisoner Captured In Indiana

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(CBS) — A convicted murderer who slipped out of a Michigan prison Sunday, sparking a multi-state manhunt, has been captured in Northwest Indiana.

Michael David Elliot, 40, who had been convicted of killing four people, was taken into custody, the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department confirmed to CBS 2.

Police spotted Elliot driving a stolen vehicle near Rolling Prairie, and authorities used “stop-sticks” in the roadway to flatten his tires.

Elliot was discovered missing from the Ionia Correctional facility in Central Michigan around 9:30 p.m. Sunday. He was next spotted at a gas station in Elkhart, Ind., where a woman he kidnapped got away.

Monday afternoon, her Jeep was found abandoned in Shipshewana, near South Bend, Ind.

Schools were put on lockdown, and residents of Shipshewana were told to stay in their homes and lock their doors.

He could be anywhere, CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez reports.

It was dark, and officials at the Ionia Corrections Facility say Eliot’s white uniform blended with the snow when he pried away fences and slipped underneath.

A 9-1-1 call for help came from an Elkhart gas station. A woman locked herself in a public bathroom and said she had been kidnapped by Eliot, who later fled on his own.

She said he had a box cutter and hammer.

Authorities said Eliot could be anywhere.

Prison officials say he was good inmate who’s already served more than 20 years. He was convicted of killing four people in Gladwin County and setting their house on fire after a plan to steal drug money went wrong.

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