The family of Auckland boy Linkin Kuka are relieved after the 9-year-old arrived home early this morning.
The boy, who suffers from epilepsy, had been missing overnight after he failed to return to his Sunnydale home after heading out to meet a friend yesterday.
Linkin was driven home by police just after 9am. He had gone to another friend's house 24 hours earlier and had stayed the night there, in what relatives described as a "miscommunication".
Linkin said from home "I want to say thanks to the community and everyone for their help".
The family said they had been given a lot of support from the Henderson community. They thanked police, neighbours and the media.
"He's safe and well, that's the main thing," a relative said.
Linkin had left his home at 10am yesterday morning and walked a few minutes down the road to another friend's house but never returned home.
When he did not arrive back by 5.30pm, his family contacted police.
Police confirmed Linkin got to his friend's house on Millbrook Rd but left soon afterwards as they were sick.
Linkin was diagnosed as epileptic three years ago and though he had not suffered adverse reactions on the rare occasions he missed taking his medication, his mother was incredibly worried.
- Fairfax Media