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Gladwin County remembers Michael Elliott's crimes

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(02/03/14) - A nationwide manhunt is underway for an escaped convicted murderer with ties to Mid-Michigan.

Michael Elliott was serving four life sentences for four murders that happened more than 20 years ago in Gladwin County's Bentley Township, when he escaped.

Corrections officers believe he got a hold of a kitchen uniform to get past prison guards and slipped through holes in fence.

The mother of one of his victims hopes police find him soon.

After fire destroyed a Gladwin County home in August 1993, firefighters found four bodies. Just days later, police arrested four people, including Michael Elliot.

Elliot was 20 years old and a Saginaw resident at the time of his arrest. Elliot and another man, Charles Treece, were charged with shooting four people to death and then setting fire to the home.

Then 16-year-old Tammy LaCross was also charged in the case. Her mother, Vicky Currie, was one of the victims. LaCross testified that she and a fourth suspect, Paul Treece, waited in a car outside while Elliot and Charles Treece went inside the home and killed all four people.

The motive - to rob one of the victims of drug money.

Dorothy Tufnell, whose son Michael Tufnell was killed, lives in Wayne County. She remembers Elliot showed no remorse during the trial.

"The family didn't know him at all, even my son did not know him, the son that was killed," she said.

Gladwin County Sheriff Michael Shea was a deputy when the crimes were committed.

"We had some real good guys on the case, and a lot of good support from other agencies around the state," he said. "The area down there was taken back by this event."

Greg Stark was on the Billings Township Fire Department.

"You don't expect something like that to happen here," he said. "I can remember it, we ran in there, and there were bodies inside and it was bad, a bad deal."

Stark hopes Elliot is caught soon. So does Tufnell.

"Yes, before he hurts someone else," she said.

Elliot appealed his conviction and a webpage was launched proclaiming his innocence. Shea doesn't believe the claim.

"Do I feel they are responsible? Absolutely," he said.

As far as the three other people convicted in the case, Charles Treece is serving a life prison sentence for the crime, but LaCross was discharged from prison in 2005 and Paul Treece is currently on probation in Oakland County

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