Eloise was considered a county institution and as such the vast majority of inmates were from the Detroit area. So when there was an escape the usual destination was the city. Norman Weaver had other plans in mind when he escaped in June 1936. With a wife in East Tawas he slowly headed north, making it to Milford before being picked up by police. After being interviewed concerning the murder of a young man named Robert Kenyon he was sent back to Eloise.