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IONIA, Mich. (WZZM) - A man convicted of four murder charges escaped from the Ionia Correctional Facility Sunday night and has sparked a nationwide search.

Michael Dave Elliot escaped the facility and abducted a woman and stole her vehicle. She was able to escape when they stopped for gas in Elkhart, Indiana. Police believe that Elliot is still driving that vehicle, which is a 2004 red Jeep Liberty with license plate 5FTG55. The vehicle also has Bugs Bunny and Tasmanian Devil decals.

ABC News is reporting that Elliot escape in a hole cut in the fence around the facility.

We are awaiting more details at scheduled news conference for 9:00am at the Ionia County facility.

Elliot was serving a life sentence for several offenses, including four counts of first degree murder, arson, and armed robbery. All of Elliot's crimes took place in Gladwin County on August 8, 1993.

He is described as being a white male, 5'8" tall and 165 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He does not have any tattoos or scars. He also goes by the names Michael Delarosa and Michael Shreader.

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