Boy Thought Missing in Balloon Found Alive At Home

Celebrity News Oct. 15, 2009 AT 6:37PM
Boy Thought Missing in Balloon Found Alive At Home Credit: ABC.com

The six-year-old boy who many feared was trapped in a helium balloon that soared about 60 miles has been found alive, CNN reports.

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After several ground and air searches, Falcon Heene was found hiding in a box in the attic of his family's home in Fort Collins, Colorado, on Thursday, according to authorities.

The Heene family -- which appeared in the 100th episode of ABC's Wife Swap -- was constructing an experimental 20-foot helium balloon attached to their home earlier today, and it was initially believed that young Falcon boarded the "flying saucer," which is capable of ascending to about 10,000 feet. (A sibling said he saw Falcon get into the balloon craft Thursday morning.)

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The balloon, which soared 7,000 feet over eastern Colorado for nearly two hours, made a soft landing at 1:35 p.m. EST, and when Falcon was not found in the balloon, searches continued.

"At this point, we are thinking that he did not fall out of the balloon and is somewhere on the ground," a Larimer County spokeswoman told CNN before he was found. "I'm very confident we will find him. I think it's a matter of him being a little scared."

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