JOHOR BARU - While cyberspace was abuzz with concern over a teenager reported missing after going into a haunted house, the boy was actually found to be sleeping elsewhere.
Mohammad Izzat Izzudin Hussin was in his girlfriend's house in Taman Desa Mutiara when police called at the house at about midnight on Monday.
"I forgot to inform my mother that I would not be going home that night," said the Form Four student at his home in Kampung Hajah Hasnah Majidee here.
He said he went to Villa Nabila in Danga Bay on midnight on Saturday with 29 friends and the group was there for about 15 minutes. They then walked down the hill through the back road.
"It was my third time there so I did not feel afraid. There was also no hysterical screaming or shouting while we were there like one friend said.
"We then went for a quick bite at a fast food restaurant at the foot of the hill before going to the mosque to pray. We dispersed and went our separate ways," he said.
Mohammad Izzat said he and his girlfriend, also 16, reached Taman Desa Mutiara at around 12.30pm on Sunday.
His mother, Norhayati Mohamad, 39, filed a missing persons report after he did not return home.
Rumours were rife that he had gone missing after entering the ruins of the villa, which US-based travel portal Expedia had listed as one of the five most haunted places in Malaysia.
Police deployed a canine unit to search the area for Mohammad Izzat and the team was joined by Fire and Rescue Department personnel.
Johor police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff urged Malaysians not to believe everything that they read or saw on the Internet.
Norhayati said she was speechless when she saw her son, her third child whom she described as a slow learner, at the Bandar Dato Onn police station.
"I am just glad that he is back safe and sound. Let the past be the past," she said.