Dune search father stands before judge silent and shirtless
The man who was taken into custody after an all-day search at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore appeared in court today shirtless and unwilling to speak.
Daniel Elliott, 50, of Orchard Lake continues to be lodged in Emmet County jail after refusing to undergo a psychiatric exam, which was part of the terms of his bond.
He stood mute before a judge and failed to enter a plea. During his court appearance he chose not to wear a shirt and only wore the jail issued orange pants.
The judge appointed Elliott an attorney and increased his bond from $10,000 to $100,000. The judge stated that Elliott was a threat to the community and his family and since he did not cooperate with the court, he found it necessary to raise the bond.
Emmet County Sheriff Pete Wallin said Elliott is facing one misdemeanor count of domestic violence after getting into a physical altercation with his wife Sunday morning.
The wife called 911 at 10:35 a.m. on Sunday. According to the Leelanau County Sheriff, Elliott's wife said she was forced out of the family car by her husband and he drove off with the children. She filed a missing person report a short time after because she said she was concerned for the welfare of her children "because of her husband's mental state." She did not, however, believe he would hurt them.
Elliott took the kids to the dunes and spent the day without water, food, or camping equipment. Rescue teams eventually found them and took Elliott into custody.
Elliott will be back in court September 11th for a pretrial.