IONIA, Mich. (WZZM) -- Life is getting back to normal for residents in Ionia, but there are still many questions to be answered.
"I just couldn't believe someone could leave that level of a facility and walk away and nobody noticed," said Barb Fuller. She and some friends were discussing the issue at a local restaurant Tuesday afternoon. "Were they watching the Super Bowl? Was that more important than guarding the prisoners?"
Stephen Reed asked, "Their security system-- how did he get past everything without making anything go off? That scares me the most. All that high tech security and he still gets out?"
"It never should have happened. He was missing for two hours, before they knew he was gone," said Cindy Billip.
According to neighbors, the alarm at the prison did go off, but the tornado sirens in the community did not; it's not part of the emergency procedure in Ionia County. The guidelines do require notifying local media, but the county does not have a mass notification system in place, like robo calls or e-mails.
"I was upset. I did not sleep well that night," said Fuller.
In the end, no one was injured but that's little comfort to those who live in Ionia. They expect big changes to be made. "I guess that they need to make sure that we are safe in this community and it doesn't happen again," said Kelly Barnes.
Ionia County says it will be meeting with corrections authorities at the prison to discuss what went right and what went wrong on Sunday night.