Ingham County Sheriff’s Office searching for escaped prisoner

Michael David McKerchie has escaped and it is believed he may be nearby
Published: Nov. 13, 2020 at 7:51 AM EST
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - UPDATE: The Ingham County Sheriff’s Office has reported Michael McKerchie nor the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado have not been found. They are currently working with state and federal law enforcement to find him. If McKerchie is sighted you’re encouraged to call 9-1-1 immediately.


Friday morning around 5:46 a.m. Michael David McKerchie was discovered to be absent from his cell in the Ingham County Jail on Cedar Street in Mason. Upon examination of the cell it was discovered that McKerchie had dismantled a mattress and used the padding to simulate his sleeping body. He got out of the building by meticulously disassembling a daylight window and the angle iron that was used to frame it.

McKerchie is a 32-year-old male described as 5-foot-11 with brown hair and brown eyes. He has a prominent neck tattoo on his left side, a tattoo on his chest and a scar above his right eyebrow.

Just one minute before officers at the jail found McKerchie to be missing, deputies took a report of a stolen pickup a few miles from the jail. While investigating that vehicle theft the investigating detectives saw who they believe to be McKerchie on home security footage.

Detectives say they also saw McKerchie on the Ingham County Jail surveillance video. He was running from the jail in a video timestamped at 11:23 p.m. on the previous night.

McKerchie is believed to be driving the stolen pick-up, which is a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado – 2WD / blue-green in color / 2 door Extended Cab / MI Reg: DRW-9448. The vehicle has a unique Deer-Fish hook decal on the driver side rear window and a tonneau cover on the bed. Detectives believe McKerchie may possibly be headed to Battle Creek MI, Otsego MI or Indiana.

Both State and Federal authorities are assisting Sheriff’s Detectives with the search. Anyone with information is asked to call 911 immediately.

McKerchie had been housed since he was arrested for vehicle theft after a short standoff with police. He was charged with reckless driving causing serious impairment, failure to stop at the scene of an accident causing serious impairment, and resisting and obstructing. His bond for the charges was set at $250,000.

His next scheduled court date is in Ingham County 30th Circuit Court in Lansing at 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 7.

Authorities are asking the public to take note of the neck tattoo of the name “Joardan” in a script-style font, shown below:

Michael David McKerchie escaped from Ingham County Jail
Michael David McKerchie escaped from Ingham County Jail(Ingham County Sheriff)

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