(Reuters) - A man sentenced to life in prison in Michigan for murdering four people in 1993 has escaped and is on the loose after kidnapping a woman and forcing her to drive to Indiana, according to prison authorities and media reports.
Michael David Elliot, 40, escaped Sunday night from a prison in the central Michigan town of Ionia, where he was serving four life sentences, the Michigan Department of Corrections said.
After his escape, Elliot is suspected of using a box cutter to kidnap the woman. She was able to get away unhurt when the car stopped at a gas station in Middlebury, Indiana, about 100 miles south of Ionia, Detroit broadcaster WXYZ reported.
Elliot has also been convicted of arson, armed robbery and possession of a firearm during a criminal offense, according to the corrections department website.
(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Bernadette Baum)