Officials now believe an escaped mass murderer from Michigan could be in Indiana.

Michael David Elliott was serving a life sentence in the Ionia Correctional Facility when authorities say he escaped on Sunday night, took a hostage and drove across state lines.  The hostage, a woman who was forced into a vehicle at knifepoint, was able to escape when the two stopped for gas in Elkhart, Indiana.  There is no word on her condition.

The 40 year old Elliott is considered armed and dangerous.  Residents and businesses near the Ionia prison were issued a shelter-in-place order.  That order was lifted when it was learned from the alleged hostage that Elliott had moved out of the area.

He was serving time for murders associated with drug activity.  Police say Vickie Currie, her boyfriend Michael Tufnell, his brother Bruce and another woman, Kathy Lane, were killed after drug money could not be found by Elliott and another man. The house was then torched to destroy evidence.

Anyone with information on the escapee is being asked to contact authorities.