US murderer escapes, kidnaps woman

2014-02-03 21:34
(Jonathan Nackstrand, AFP)

(Jonathan Nackstrand, AFP)

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Lansing - A man convicted of murdering four people escaped a prison in the US state of Michigan, abducted a woman and fled to a neighboring state, news reports said on Monday.

A manhunt is under way for Michael David Elliot, aged 40, who escaped on Sunday night after putting on a white kitchen worker uniform and pulling back the bottoms of two fences and crawling underneath, a prison official was quoted by CNN as saying.

After escaping the prison in the town of Ionia near the capital Lansing, Elliot allegedly abducted a woman and drove about 160km with her to a town in neighboring Indiana. The woman managed to escape when they stopped at a petrol station.

Elliot was serving four life sentences for the murders of four people in 1993. Law enforcement officials advised anyone who might encounter Elliot not to take matters into their own hands.

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