Thursday, October 15, 2009
Breaking News: Balloon boy found alive at home!
Apparently he never was on the balloon.
The 6-year-old Colorado boy who set a helium balloon adrift Thursday, prompting ground and air searches for him, has been found alive, authorities said.
He was found in a box in the attic at his family's Fort Collins home.
People across the world watched Thursday as the homemade helium balloon soared 7,000 feet over eastern Colorado for more than an hour and a half.
A sibling said he saw the Falcon get into the craft Thursday morning, authorities said.
But the boy was not inside the craft when it made a soft landing near Keenesburg, about 60 miles from the family home.
Authorities said when questioned the boy's two brothers who said multiple times they saw Falcon board the balloon. It is not known yet if the boy untethered the balloon and was afraid of getting into trouble or that the three brothers worked together to perpetrate a hoax.
- Steve Douglass