State to investigate Ionia prison escape
The Governor and Attorney General have announced that the Attorney General's Office will lead an investigation into the recent escape of a prisoner from the Ionia Correctional Facility.
Michael Elliot, who was serving a life sentence for multiple murders, escaped from the prison on Sunday. He reportedly carjacked a woman and held her hostage for a short time before being captured in Indiana. The woman was not hurt and locked herself in a restroom at a gas station before calling authorities.
"Ensuring public safety is paramount," said Snyder. "Thankfully no one was physically injured in this dangerous prisoner's escape and apprehension, but we must have an exhaustive investigation into the circumstances that led to this incident and take whatever appropriate action may be necessary to prevent future occurrences."
Snyder went on to say that while he has confidence in the internal investigation of the Michigan Department of Corrections, this additional step in the investigation helps make sure they have the most comprehensive information.
"We will conduct an aggressive investigation, without fear or favor," said Attorney General Bill Schuette. "Prisons are built to keep dangerous criminals locked away from society, but in this case a violent murderer escaped. This will be an exhaustive investigation. We'll follow the facts to find out what happened and why. We will issue a full and complete report."
WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids reports he apparently escaped through the sally port, a secured area where the prisoners are normally brought into the prisoners.
Elliot is expected to face additional criminal charges in both Indiana and Michigan related to the escape. He was apprehended in northern Indiana on Monday in a stolen vehicle.