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Thursday October 3, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Thursday October 3, 2013 MYT 7:13:22 AM
by stephanie lee
KOTA KINABALU: Several people using Whatsapp went on a wild goose chase to look for a “missing four-wheel drive, with a boy inside”, which was reportedly hijacked in Penampang, here, on Tuesday.
A 80-year-old man had parked the vehicle with his nine-year-old son sleeping inside when he went to buy groceries in the Donggongon market area in Penampang at 4.30pm.
However, when he returned 10 minutes later, he found the car “missing” and alerted another son, John Mosuyun, who sent messages using Whatsapp to his friends to help locate the vehicle and his missing brother.
John said some friends spotted the vehicle parked near a supermarket at 7pm, several kilometres from where it was initially parked.
Although the family maintained that the vehicle was hijacked, Penampang district police chief Deputy Supt Ratan Singh insisted that the elderly driver had forgotten where he had parked the vehicle and initially assumed that it had been stolen.
“There was no hijack, and the stories passed around through Whatsapp and other social sites were not true”, he said.
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