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Nationwide manhunt underway for escaped Michigan prison inmate

MIDDLEBURY, IN (WTVB) - A nationwide manhunt for an escaped state prisoner from Michigan is heating up. 40-year old Michael Elliot disappeared from the Ionia State Prison last night.  State prison officials said Elliot was able to get a white kitchen uniform, which helped in his escape.  He allegedly abducted a woman from Ionia and forced her to drive south into Elkart County, Indiana, where the woman escaped by locking herself in a gas station restroom. 

Officials say Elliot was armed with a box cutter and had not changed his appearance at the time of his escape. He was serving life at the maximum security prison for his involvement in a 1993 burglary that resulted in the deaths of four people in Midland. He also had armed robbery and arson convictions. Elliot is believed to be driving a 2004 Jeep Liberty, which he stole from his victim, with the Michigan license plate of 5FGT55.