October 15, 2009

BREAKING NEWS: Search is on for missing 6-year-old boy

Posted: 05:11 PM ET


FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The search is on for a 6-year-old boy who is missing after floating over northeastern Colorado in a homebuilt helium balloon that touched down about two hours after lifting off.  

The balloon landed south of Prospect Springs, Colorado, on Thursday afternoon.

The balloon landed south of Prospect Springs, Colorado, on Thursday afternoon.

The balloon landed about 2 miles northeast of Prospect Reservoir at 1:35 p.m., in Weld County, but the boy was not inside. That's about 50 miles from where the balloon lifted off.

The boy has been identified as Falcon Heene, the youngest of three sons of Richard and Mayumi Heene, of Fort Collins.

The family reported Falcon could not be found after the balloon lifted off. His older brother told his parents that he saw Falcon climb into the small compartment at the bottom of the balloon and the balloon lifted off, Larimer County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kathy Messick said.

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carol kesling   October 15th, 2009 5:39 pm ET

i pray the little boy is found alive & ok !!!

Steve G   October 15th, 2009 5:45 pm ET

Something just isn't right here.

Why was that balloon blown up and just sitting there tethered?

How would he untether the balloon then get inside the box? Who inflated this balloon? You don't just inflate a helium balloon and just let it sit.

Aaron   October 15th, 2009 6:06 pm ET

Has anyone considered that there may have been no basket, and maybe the helium balloon is a distraction? I'm beginning to wonder if the parents were involve in some foul play on the parents' part...

William Marchetti   October 15th, 2009 6:20 pm ET

Who in their right mind would even think that oversized "Jiffy Pop" balloon could even lift a kid in the first place????? Is this a joke? I knew that kid never was adrift!. It was such a rediculous story I laughed all day!!!! The media is getting real sappy! They have no common sense.

Jason   October 15th, 2009 6:56 pm ET

Yes, Why were the boys home today AND NOT IN SCHOOL. THIS WAS ALL PLANNED.

TJ   October 15th, 2009 7:02 pm ET

The little boy Falcon was found alive at home. A great ending for everyone!

Bobbi Garvel   October 15th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Has anyone mentioned that this family was on the TV series Wife Swap?

Bobbi Garvel   October 15th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

The father is a fringe scientist that storm chases and ufo hunts. If you watch the Wife Swap show they were on you would see a family that lacks structure and manners. They were chosen for that very reason. I am more suprised that they really are as goofy as the show protrayed.

Joan   October 15th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

I was just watching the Larry King show. Wolff asked Fallon if he had heard them calling his name his answer was "we did it for a show." The mother and father was skocked and starting to cry. Please review the tape you will hear it.

Bobbi   October 15th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Everyone should watch the Wife Swap show they were on. It may give them some insight on this family. 4 real.

Kay   October 15th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Tonight on Larry king Live WolfBlitzer asked Falcon did he hear them calling him.Falcon said "We did it for the show" The father was flustered.I know it was a hoax.

Niecey   October 15th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Cnn replay the tape. Cnn asked the boy did you hear people calling you. The boy said My dad said not to come out we were doing a show

William Marchetti   October 16th, 2009 7:05 am ET

It's a HOAX!!!!!!! He wanted to push his project!!!! HOAX big tell the truth!!!!!!!!!!!!

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