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Old 10-15-2009   #1
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6-year-old missing after balloon lands in Colorado

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6-year-old missing after balloon lands in Colorado

CNN) -- A balloon that was set adrift by a 6-year-old boy from his parents' Colorado home was found empty, CNN affiliate KMGH said, citing a police report.



The balloon landed south of Prospect Springs, near Colorado Springs.

The boy was not inside the helium aircraft when it landed, KMGH reported.

A sibling saw the boy get into the craft Thursday morning. Officials were concerned that the boy may have fallen out of it, an undersheriff said.

Margie Martinez of the Weld County Sheriff's Office said a sibling saw Falcon Heene climb into the basket before the balloon took off from his parents' home.

Because the door on the balloon was unlocked, it's possible the boy had fallen out, Martinez said.

The balloon appeared to be a saucer-shaped, Mylar-coated helium balloon, similar to a party balloon.

The helium balloon had been tethered to the boy's family home, the Larimer County Sheriff's Department said. The boy got into the craft Thursday morning and undid the rope anchoring it.

The department said the dome-shaped balloon is 20 feet long and 5 feet high.

"The structure at the bottom of the balloon that the boy is in is made of extremely thin plywood and won't withstand any kind of a crash at all," said Erik Nilsson, Larimer County emergency manager, according to CNN affiliate KMGH.

A dispatcher received a call Thursday morning, and emergency services personnel were contacted, Larimer County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Kathy Davis said.

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Oh my..

Just seen it here in German news..
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Old 10-15-2009   #2
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Re: 6-year-old missing after balloon lands in Colorado

Who the hell makes counterfit air balloons?
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Re: 6-year-old missing after balloon lands in Colorado

And now, The end of the matter.
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Re: 6-year-old missing after balloon lands in Colorado

His name is Falcon? No wonder they thought he took to the skies!
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Re: 6-year-old missing after balloon lands in Colorado

Good they found him. They say it was eventually made up by the dad to get attention..

Lucky he didn't felt into a well ;-)
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Re: 6-year-old missing after balloon lands in Colorado

Hmmm... this still isn't over...
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Re: 6-year-old missing after balloon lands in Colorado

Most idiotic thing I've seen in the news for a while....Other than some of the crap politicians and actors pull, I mean...
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Re: 6-year-old missing after balloon lands in Colorado

Poor kid, i hope he doesn't see all the stuff about him on the Internets. I have to admit though, this one is quite funny:

http://www.topcultured.com/balloon-b...nce-treatment/
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Re: 6-year-old missing after balloon lands in Colorado

Total fucking bullshit from a dad that can not wait to pull himself off over the media circus his pathetic hoax has created.

He should be charged for every penny of man power he wasted and due to the fact that he knowingly did this to help himself out he should then have to pay it again.

I mean what a damn joke.
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Re: 6-year-old missing after balloon lands in Colorado

I thought it was a good idea, except the getting caught part
We need more people like this, willing to sacrifice children in the name of fame
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Re: 6-year-old missing after balloon lands in Colorado

Did it got proven that it was a hoax yet?


Sick.. I wonder how many money got wasted as they tried to rescue the boy..
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Re: 6-year-old missing after balloon lands in Colorado

They stopped to report about it a few month ago, here in Germany, but I just randomly found an update of the story:

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CNN) -- A man who pleaded guilty to perpetrating a hoax by falsely reporting that his son was drifting over eastern Colorado in a balloon maintains the incident was not part of a plan for fame in an interview with CNN's "Larry King Live."

Richard Heene pleaded guilty in November to a felony count of attempting to influence a public servant, and was sentenced last month to 90 days in custody, to begin January 11. He also must serve four years on probation and complete 100 hours of community service each year.

But Heene, in an interview airing Friday, told CNN's Larry King he pleaded guilty to save his wife, Mayumi, from being deported to Japan.

"I had to do it to save my family and my wife," he said, according to interview excerpts released Wednesday. "... We had applied years ago for some paperwork. Things got fouled up. We had to reapply so she should have been an American citizen by now, but anyway. I can't -- I can't break up my family."

Mayumi Heene pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of false reporting to authorities in the incident involving the couple's 6-year-old son, Falcon. She was sentenced to 20 days in jail, but her term will begin after her husband's sentence ends, so their children will have a parent able to care for them.

Told about Heene's statements, Larimer County, Colorado, Sheriff Jim Alderden told King, "Quite honestly, I'm shocked that he would make such statements.

"The evidence against Mr. Heene and Mayumi at this point is really overwhelming. There is no doubt in my mind that this thing was a hoax, and I really doubt that there's very few people in America who don't understand at this point that this was an elaborate hoax perpetrated by Richard and Mayumi."


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I wonder if the interview, that had been made and should be aired on Friday, will be shown here as well, somehow..
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