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This Feb. 11, 2013 photo provided by the Michigan Department of Corrections shows Michael David Elliot. (AP)
Prison chief to answer Mich. lawmakers on escape
Prison director to answer Michigan lawmakers' questions about escape of convicted killer

Posted on Feb. 13, 2014 at 9:34 a.m.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s top prison official is preparing to answer lawmakers’ questions on the recent escape of a convicted killer.

State Corrections Department Director Dan Heyns will appear Thursday before a Senate subcommittee in Lansing. Legislators want to know how Michael Elliot broke through two fences and got away from the Ionia Correctional Facility for 24 hours earlier this month.

Two prison employees have been suspended.

The state has said motion sensors should have triggered an alarm and a flashing light in the control tower, but they didn’t go off or he wasn’t detected. Elliot has said he wore a couple of layers of white thermals underneath a blue uniform.

The 40-year-old was arrested in northwestern Indiana. A request for Elliot’s return to Michigan was sent Wednesday to Indiana’s governor.