ELKHART, In. (ABC) - A convicted quadruple-murderer is on the loose this morning after escaping from custody in Michigan and abducting a woman, corrections officials confirmed to ABC News.
Officials say Michael David Elliot escaped from the Ionia Correctional Facility Sunday before driving to Indiana.
Elliot abducted a woman with a knife or box cutter before driving with her to Elkhart, In. - about 130 miles south - where they stopped for gas, Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan said. While the woman was able to escape, Elliot remains at large.
There’s no word on how he was able to escape from custody.
Michigan State Police Lt. Troy Allen said officials are looking for the woman's red 2004 Jeep Liberty four-door. The license plate number is 5FTG55. Officials plan on meeting with the woman to find out more information about the incident.
Elliot, 40, has brown eyes and brown hair, stands 5’8” and weighs 165 pounds, according to Department of Corrections records.
He was convicted of murdering four people on Aug. 8, 1993 and is serving four life sentences.
St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - A St. Louis man is in custody, accused of holding a woman captive for three months and repeatedly sexually assaulting her.
The Post-Dispatch reports that Clifton Wilkes is charged with sodomy, kidnapping, rape, assault, and several misdemeanors.
Police say that the victim went to Wilkes' apartment on October 15. She told investigators that she woke up the next day in his bedroom. She was missing her pants and the door to the room was locked. The victim says that over the next three months she was raped, choked, and punched. She was beaten so severely that she lost a tooth.
The Post-Dispatch reports that the victim was able to escape the house on Wednesday. She ran to a neighbor's home for help, but Wilkes broke in and took her back to his apartment.
Wilkes is now held on a $500,000 bond.
A Jefferson City boy and the St. Louis man charged with kidnapping him are both dead after an apparent murder-suicide. The bodies of six year old Markell Beasley and 40 year old Demetrius Beasley were found shot to death Tuesday night at a home in Cape Girardeau. Police are still investigating, but say it appears the man shot the child and then turned the gun on himself.
Police say Demetrius Beasley wasn't the boy's biological father, but had had a relationship with the child's mother. She told police she had allowed her son to travel to St. Louis from Jefferson City on Saturday for a Christmas gathering with Demetrius Beasley's family. But the mother said she later learned there was no gathering and that Beasley didn't intend to return her son.
Police had charged the St. Louis man with kidnapping Tuesday morning.
A mother and father are on the run after police say they kidnapped their children from foster care.
St. Charles police say the pair took 1-year-old Trevion Dunn and 2-year-old Aleiyah Dunn sometime between Friday and Monday. Police believe they were taken by their mother, Cierra Dunn. Aleiyah's father, Jose Sanchez, might also be involved in the kidnapping.
They were last seen driving a 1998 Chevy Malibu with Missouri plates MK2-C0S. Police say they could be headed to Wisconsin or Mexico. The kids are in protective custody as part of an investigation into neglect issues. The parents had weekend visitation and officials could not contact them on Monday.
Anyone who believes they have seen the children are asked to contact the St. Charles Police Department at 636-949-3320.
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) - Libya's state news agency says Prime Minister Ali Zidan, abducted by gunmen at dawn, has now been freed.
Government Spokesman Mohammed Kaabar told the agency, LANA, that Zidan has been "set free" and was on his way to his office on Thursday.
The brief report gave no further information. Details were sketchy but it appeared Libyan forces had intervened in some way and that the abductors did not free Zidan voluntarily.
Hours earlier, Zidan was snatched by gunmen before dawn from a Tripoli hotel where he resides.
The abduction appeared to be in retaliation for the U.S. special forces' raid over the weekend that seized a Libyan al-Qaida suspect from the streets of the capital.d by an incident, even if it is a serious one," Zidan said at a press conference in Tripoli.
CHILICOTHE, Mo. (AP) — A 60-year-old woman has been arrested in the almost 13-year-old abduction of a child in Florida.
The Kansas City Star reports that Sandy Hatte is being held on $25,000 bond in the Daviess/DeKalb County Regional Jail in Pattonsburg. She was arraigned Friday on a charge of felony child abduction. No attorney is listed for her in online court records.
Authorities took custody of the child Wednesday after a school official raised concerns. The biological father traveled to Chillicothe this week to be reunited with his child.
A Livingston County's sheriff's office news release described Hatte as being "somehow related to the family" of the child. Hatte and the child had only lived in Livingston County for about a month.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio corrections officials say Ariel Castro who held three women captive in his home for nearly a decade has committed suicide at a state prison facility.
Spokeswoman JoEllen Smith says 53 year old Castro was found hanging in his cell around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient. Prison medical staff performed CPR before Castro was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The three women disappeared separately between 2002 and 2004, when they were 14, 16 and 20 years old. They escaped May 6, when one of the women broke part of a door and yelled to neighbors for help. Castro was arrested that evening.
Castro was sentenced Aug. 1 to life in prison plus 1,000 years on his guilty plea to 937 counts including kidnapping and rape.
A body was found Wednesday in the search for a kidnapped 12 year old Missouri girl, although authorities say a positive identification had not been made.
Adriaunna Horton's father, James Horton, told KMBC-TV that his daughter's body had been found.
A spokesman for the Missouri State Highway Patrol declined to disclose where the body was found, KMBC reported, but confirmed the search effort for Horton has been suspended.
Bobby Bourne Jr., 34, of Lamar, Mo., was charged with kidnapping Tuesday in the disappearance of Horton, who was last seen Monday afternoon getting into a vehicle around 5 p.m. in Golden City, Mo.
James Horton told ABC News affiliate KODE-TV that the suspect was known to his family.
"He worked for me last summer on a job, a construction job. He was a neighbor. He lived less than a block behind us for a year," Horton said.
On Tuesday, searchers used horses, all-terrain vehicles, dogs and a patrol helicopter to scour the small town.
"We are going to exhaust every lead that comes in," said Troop D Public Information Officer Sgt. Jason Pace of the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.
Horton was at the park with her sister and friends celebrating the end of her first day of the new school year when witnesses reported seeing her get into an SUV.
The girl's father said he was told the driver of the SUV was asking children at the park for help.
"He was whining he couldn't find his daughter. He had a missing child. He asked the girls in the park to help him," Horton said. "My oldest daughter walked up to his vehicle. That's when she was abducted."
Police said they stopped a similar vehicle 90 minutes later and arrested Bourne, who was driving alone.
Bourne was being held in the Barton County Jail on a $1 million bond. He had not entered a plea.