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Convicted Killer Escapes From Ionia Prison, No Longer In Mich.

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IONIA, Mich. (AP) - 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 around 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.

He is described as a white man, 5-foot-8 & 165 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Authorities are asking residents to stay inside and secure all doors and windows. If anyone sees someone matching Elliot's description, they are asked to call 9-1-1.

We will continue to update this story as it develops.

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