Sheriff: Charges Imminent in Balloon Boy Case

Celebrity News Oct. 18, 2009 AT 10:17AM
Sheriff: Charges Imminent in Balloon Boy Case Credit: AP Photo/David Zalubowski

Criminal charges will likely be filed in the case of the Colorado "balloon boy," in which 6-year-old-son Falcon Heene was feared to have floated away on a "homemade flying saucer" Oct. 15 only to be found hiding in his attic.

Deputies showed up at the home of the boy's parents Saturday, carrying away several boxes and a computer.

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His parents, former Wife Swap stars Richard and Mayumi Heene, also met with Larimer County investigators Saturday afternoon as speculation grows that they orchestrated a publicity stunt. Both parents - known storm chasers who pitched a reality show to TLC months ago - deny the incident was a hoax.

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Sheriff Jim Alderden - who won't say who would be charged - told reporters: "We were looking at Class 3 misdemeanor, which hardly seems serious enough given the circumstances. We are talking to the district attorney, federal officials to see if perhaps there aren't additional federal charges that are appropriate in this circumstance."

Asked if it was hoax, Alderden said, "We have made progress and you guys can read between the lines about what we found."

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