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[ISP] Prison Escapee Now in Custody in LaPorte County, Indiana
Start Date: 2/3/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 2/3/2014
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LaGrange County, IN-Michael David Elliot, 40 who was convicted of four murders in 1993 and escaped from the Ionia Correctional Facility in Michigan last night is now in the custody of the LaPorte County Sheriff Department.

This afternoon at approximately 12:15 p.m., the LaGrange County Sheriff Department received a call from a resident in the 400 block of North State Street in Shipshewana reporting that a red Jeep Liberty was parked just outside of her residence. This call came as a result of a news story that she had heard regarding both the escape and the vehicle that Elliot was last to have been known in.

Within minutes, Shipshewana Town Marshal Tom Fitch arrived and once he determined that the Jeep was in fact the same one that Elliot was last in possession of, he quickly had the Shipshewana Scott Elementary School and other area schools locked down. Officers from the Indiana State Police, LaGrange County Sheriff, Wolcottville Police, Middlebury Police, Topeka Police, LaGrange Police Departments, Indiana Conservation Officers, Railroad Police, and the Shipshewana Fire Department all converged on Shipshewana to begin a methodical house to house search for Elliot. Shortly after the search began, officials from the Michigan State Police and United States Marshal Service also arrived to assist.

At approximately 5:30 p.m., the LaGrange County Sheriff Department suspended the search and was encouraging residents to remain vigilant and to report any and all suspicious activity. Sometime after 6:00 p.m. EST, a Deputy with the LaPorte County Sheriff Department attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a reported stolen vehicle when the vehicle sped away. After a short pursuit, the vehicle stopped and the driver, who was identified as Elliot, was taken into custody and taken to the LaPorte County Jail where he is currently being held.

Contact Information:
Name: Sergeant Ron Galaviz
Phone: 260-459-4819
Email: rgalaviz@isp.in.gov
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