Escaped Killer’s Getaway Car Found, Schools on Lockdown

1aA small Indiana town is the focus of a massive law enforcement manhunt for a quadruple-murderer who escaped from prison after his vehicle was located there.

Schools in Shipshewana, Ind., have been placed on lockdown after police found the red Jeep Cherokee that was hijacked by escaped inmate Michael David Elliot Sunday night.

Elliot is believed to have donned a white kitchen uniform in order to escape from the Ionia Correctional Facility in Michigan, where he was serving four life sentences for four murders committed in 1993.

Authorities said Elliot somehow cut a hole in the prison’s fence and escaped on foot to nearby Ionia, where he used a box cutter or knife to carjack and abduct a woman driving a red Jeep. She escaped and called 911 at a gas station in Elkhart, Ind., police said.

The woman’s 911 call triggered a massive search for the vehicle driven by Elliot, which was found in Shipshewana today.

Authorities have interviewed the carjacked woman and are taking her back home to Michigan now. Elliot remains at large and is the subject of a manhunt.

Authorities have not released any surveillance tape at this time.

Elliot, 40, has brown eyes and brown hair, stands 5-foot-8 and weighs 165 pounds, according to  Department of Corrections records.


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15 Comments for “Escaped Killer’s Getaway Car Found, Schools on Lockdown”

  1. Express

    This is only 45 minutes from me and this article was over an hour ago … sheesh this guy could be in my neighborhood Yikes

  2. Moo (GA)

    Scary, Express :( Keep you doors locked and eyes and ears alert!

  3. Express

    Thanks Moo … but I need to get our trash out now, must do it before it turns dark I am a weeny :)

  4. MsShoe16

    Express, that’s scary. Stay safe, and yes lock the doors!

  5. ღSalღ

    I did not take out my garbage for pickup this morning because of ice. I put the kitchen (potentially smelly garbage) in the refrigerator to take out Thursday.

    It is not safe for any of you to go outside, garbage or not. This guy is desperate. He has murdered 4 people. Stay inside, please.

  6. mattiemay

    Express, how about, if you take out that trash, come back on and give us a shout.
    Really, though, I hope you just hang onto those bags til the next pick up day.
    Be safe. It’s a jungle out there and at least one out of control escapee from behind bars could be lurking.

  7. Express

    Thanks for all the support! I am back safely now … got dang trash out before reading all comments … going to check news now to see if this guy has been caught yet

    You guys are the bestest!

  8. mattiemay

    Whew, Express… that darn trash out….a big sigh of relief :)

    Glad you let us know you made it back in safely with no unwanted encounter of a deadly kind. You are brave. I would have be too scared ……

    Now to be on lock-down until they get him in custody. Be safe!

  9. mattiemay

    I meant to say I would have ‘been’ too scared. I’m a weeny ;)

  10. ღSalღ

    I just saw this headline:

    Michigan prison escapee caught in Indiana
    Convicted killer Michael Elliott captured in LaPorte County, Indiana

  11. ღSalღ

    I am not really sure if he is indeed in custody? I am not so sure of what I read, sigh!

  12. Moo (GA)

    Goodness, Express….and I thought I was OCD about things. (Must get that trash out inspite of a convicted murderer escapee out there.) lol

    Sal, put the smelly trash in the fridge? Now THAT is classic. Too funny but a good idea. Couldn’t you just put it outside your door or were you afraid the animals would scatter it? We have lots of ‘coons in my hood as we have tons of lagoons and water around us….

  13. ღSalღ

    Yes, we have animals. I don’t know which would eat garbage, but we had a bobcat once, I am told. We have armadillos and we have beavers at the nearby creek. That beaver family is destroying the vegetation. Animal Control is trying to remove them to another wilder area.

    My children say the garage is cold enough to temporarily store the garbage ’til next pickup day (Thursday), but I feel better with it wrapped up in the fridge. Now the deal is to remember to throw it out!

  14. Julie


    February 3, 2014 – 5:57 pm

    I did not take out my garbage for pickup this morning because of ice. I put the kitchen (potentially smelly garbage) in the refrigerator to take out Thursday.

    at eva’s house, this is called “leftovers”.


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