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Questions linger over Falcon's non-flight

Friday, October 16, 2009

After the balloon landed in a Colorado field without him in it, authorities still plan on questioning Falcon Heene's family.
After the balloon landed in a Colorado field without him in it, authorities still plan on questioning Falcon Heene's family.

After the UFO-like craft landed rather gently in a Colorado field, which appeared to have been recently plowed by farm equipment, the mystery continued to hang in the air. Where was Falcon Heene?

As it turns out, the 6-year-old boy whom the whole world thought was flying across the sky in a homemade, helium balloon was at home the entire time, hiding in a cardboard box in an attic atop his parents' garage.

Now the Heenes are facing questions about whether the situation was a family project gone awry or a planned publicity stunt. The speculation comes after Falcon Heene's father, Richard Heene, and the rest of his family appeared on CNN's Larry King Live. During the interview, Falcon indicated that the entire ordeal was done for a "show."

According to recent reports, Larimer County Sheriff James Alderden said that plans are on to re-interview the family in order to settle the matter. Richard Heene has been adamant in insisting that the balloon's flight was not an orchestrated publicity stunt.

If it turns out that the whole thing was a hoax, Richard Heene could be charged with a misdemeanor for making a false report. Alderden also said that law enforcement officials would seek restitution for the cost associated with the incident.
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