SHIPSHEWANA, Ind. (WDRB) -- Authorities are urging northern Indiana residents to say behind locked doors after police located a vehicle that an escaped Michigan convict was driving.

UPDATE: At 7:24 p.m. CNN reported that authorities say the man was captured in LaPorte County, Indiana.

The LaGrange County Sheriff's Department urged people to avoid an area in Shipshewana where police found the vehicle and ordered a local school district to be locked down.

The manhunt for 40-year-old Michael Elliot began after police say he escaped from Ionia Correctional Facility in Michigan and kidnapped a woman at a gas station.

Indiana State Police say he forced the woman to drive him to Middlebury, Ind., where she was able to get away and call police when they stopped for gas.

Corrections officials say Elliot was wearing a white kitchen uniform to disguise himself when he escaped Sunday between 6 and 7 p.m.

Elliot was serving a life sentence without parole for murdering four people and burning down their home in 1993.

Authorities have now issued a nationwide alert.

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