Dispatchers honored for role in Michigan prison escapee incident

By: NewsCenter 16 staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 staff Email
Photo Courtesy of The LaGrange Standard

Photo Courtesy of The LaGrange Standard

The dispatchers who helped a woman escape a convict on the run were honored Monday.

Dispatchers Heather Lock and Kelly Landers were publicly awarded Meritorious Service Awards on Feb. 17 at 8:30 a.m. at the LaGrange County Annex building.

Michael Elliot was discovered missing during an inmate count at the Ionia Correctional Facility earlier this month.

Elliot is accused of carjacking a woman and driving her all the way to a gas station in Elkhart County.

The woman was able to lock herself in a bathroom until help arrived thanks to the advice given by Heather Lock. Kelly Landers contacted the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department.

Elliot was free for around 24 hours. Police eventually arrested him in LaPorte County driving a stolen car.

The officer who arrested Elliot was recognized last week by Indiana's Governor, Mike Pence.

Elliot is accused of murdering for people back in the early 1990's.

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