Dispatchers recognized for role in helping abducted woman

Photo Courtesy of The LaGrange Standard: Sheriff Terry Martin, 911 Dispatcher Heather Lock, 911 Dispatcher Kelly Landers, 911 Director Arron Knisley, Chief Deputy Jeff Campos
Photo Courtesy of The LaGrange Standard: Sheriff Terry Martin, 911 Dispatcher Heather Lock, 911 Dispatcher Kelly Landers, 911 Director Arron Knisley, Chief Deputy Jeff Campos

LAGRANGE COUNTY, Ind. (WANE)  Leaders in LaGrange County presented Meritorious Service Awards to two 911 dispatchers who helped a woman who’d been abducted by an escaped convict.

On February 2, convicted quadruple murderer Michael Elliot was armed with a knife, a hammer and a roll of duct tape when he forced his way into a vehicle driven by a woman in Ionia, Michigan, a short distance from the prison he escaped from. When they stopped at a gas station in Middlebury, Indiana the female was able to call 911 from her cell phone. On the advice of 911 Dispatcher Heather Lock, the woman went inside and locked herself in the restroom while 911 Dispatcher Kelly Landers contacted the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department to have officers sent to their location. LaGrange County authorities said although it was a very dangerous situation, both dispatchers remained calm and kept the caller safe until they could verify that police officers were on scene.

Michael Elliot was taken into custody approximately 24 hours after his escape in LaPorte County, Indiana.

The LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department said the instructions given to the victim likely saved her life and allowed for her safe return to her family.

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