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Two prison workers suspended after escape

IONIA, Mich. (AP):  Two employees have been suspended at a western Michigan prison where a convicted killer escaped for 24 hours.

Michigan Department of Corrections spokesperson Russ Marlan says one is an officer and the other is a shift commander. He declined to provide their names or any other details but says the suspensions are related to the investigation at the Ionia Correctional Facility.

Michael Elliot escaped last Sunday and left the state in a Jeep that belonged to a Belding woman. She got away later that night. Elliot was captured Monday in northwestern Indiana. Elliot's trek included stops in Elkhart and LaGrange Counties.

Marlan says employees in a prison control center failed to see Elliot on surveillance video. The escape lasted about an hour.

Elliot is charged with escape, carjacking and kidnapping.

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