New details about murderer's prison escape

11:15 PM, Feb 6, 2014   |    comments
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IONIA, Mich. (WZZM) -- The convicted murderer who escaped from the Ionia Correctional Facility on Super Bowl Sunday was missing for three hours before guards noticed he was gone.

On Thursday, the Michigan Department of Corrections said its investigation into Michael Elliot's escape is moving forward. Part of it involves why guards didn't react properly to motion sensors located on the sallyport gate.

Here's a timeline of the events, according to court documents WZZM 13 News obtained from Ionia District Court:

At 6 p.m. on February 2, Elliot began his escape. He made his way to the sallyport area of the facility, which is a secured entrance to the prison.

At 6:53 p.m., the MDOC says he used his hands to make a hole in two gates. He was then able to climb underneath the gates and escape. The fencing does not have an electrical charge, but it does have motion sensors. The MDOC says the sensors have been tested and were in working order.

Just over an hour later, at 8 p.m., Elliot made his way to the 600 block of Main Street in Ionia where he car-jacked a woman, using a box cutter as a weapon. Elliot forced the woman to head south, toward Indiana.

At 9:15 p.m., prison guards conducted a count. They discovered Elliot was missing and put the prison on lockdown. The prison alarms were sounded.

At 11:50 p.m. Elliot was captured on surveillance video buying gas in Indiana. That's where his carjacking victim broke free and called for help. Elliot left the gas station in the car; it was found, abandoned the next morning.

Then, almost 24 hours after his escape, at 6:15 p.m. on Monday, February 3, Elliot was spotted in another stolen car. He was captured without incident and taken back to jail.

Michael Elliot is currently behind bars in Indiana, fighting extradition back to Michigan.

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