Balloon Boy Parents Acted Alone
Sheriff finds no evidence of conspiracy in hoax
By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2009 10:50 AM CST
Mayumi, left, and Richard Heene arrive at district court in Fort Collins, Colo., on Nov. 13, 2009, with attorney Dave Lane, center.   (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
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(Newser) – Despite rumors that balloon boy parents Richard and Mayumi Heene may have worked with others, possibly media outlets, to stage their runaway balloon stunt, they pulled it off on their own, say authorities. Police examined computers, video cameras, and tapes taken from the couple's Colorado home and found no evidence of co-conspirators, the AP reports. A judge will determine whether the Heenes must pay back the estimated $43,000 spent on the search for their never-really-missing son tomorrow.