JOHOR BARU - It was a wild goose chase for the police who went searching for two "missing" siblings who were with their father all along.
The drama began on Wednesday night when religious teacher Azriana Ahmad sought help via Instagram and Facebook to look for her missing children.
That night, her son Mohd Iman Zafri, 11, had sought her permission to go out to buy a drink nearby.
He also took his sister Nur Alysyah Zafiera, nine, with him.
News reports said Azriana, 30, became anxious when the children did not come home after about 15 minutes.
A police report was lodged.
The next day, the police found the siblings in the care of their father.
Yesterday, the children were reunited with their mother and aunt Azrizah Ahmad, 44, at the Johor Baru Central police station.
Azrizah said she was glad that Mohd Iman and Nur Alysyah were home safe.
"We are so thankful," she said, adding that the police called them with the good news at 5am yesterday.
Azrizah denied speculations over social media that her sister had disallowed her former husband to visit the children, thus leading to the incident.
"They were divorced five years ago," she added.
Johor Baru South OCPD Asst Comm Sulaiman Salleh said: "We found the kids in less than 24 hours. They were in the care of their biological father."