Mich. Prison Escapee: 'It Was Relatively Simple'

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

IONIA, Mich. (AP) -- A convicted killer who escaped from a Michigan prison says it "was relatively simple."

Michael Elliot was discovered missing Feb. 2 during an inmate count after escaping from the Ionia Correctional Facility, 30 miles east of Grand Rapids.

The 40-year-old was arrested Monday in a stolen vehicle in Indiana.

The Detroit Free Press said Saturday Elliot used his one phone call to discuss the escape with the newspaper.

Elliot tells the Free Press he dived into the snow, put on a white ski mask made from thermal material, crawled to a fence and went under it.

He says it took at least 30 minutes to escape and another hour to run to the city of Ionia. He jumped in the snow every time he saw a car.

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