Balloon Mess No Hoax: Sheriff

Restitution remains a possibility
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 16, 2009 2:38 PM CDT
In this image rendered from video and released by KMGH-TV in Denver, a homemade balloon aircraft is seen after it landed in a Colorado field near Ft. Collins Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009.   ((AP Photo/KMGH-TV ) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES)
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(Newser) – The Larimer County, Colo., sheriff's office has no indication the Heene family was carrying out a hoax when the parents reported their 6-year-old son was in a helium balloon that floated away from their home and traveled more than 50 miles. "We believe at this time that it was a real event. Certainly people are free to speculate," Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden said today. He added that if the episode "turns out to be a hoax, we will seek restitution by whatever means we have available."