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Mom said balloon saga was hoax, affidavit says

October 24, 2009|Times Wire Reports

The mother of the 6-year-old boy once feared missing in a runaway balloon admitted the whole saga was a hoax, according to newly released court documents.

Mayumi Heene told sheriff's deputies that she and her husband, Richard, "knew all along that Falcon was hiding in the residence" in Fort Collins, according to an affidavit used to get a search warrant for the home. She reportedly told investigators the incident was a hoax meant to make them more marketable to the media.

"Mayumi described that she and Richard Heene devised this hoax approximately two weeks earlier. . . . She and Richard had instructed their three children to lie to authorities as well as the media regarding this hoax," the affidavit said.

Richard Heene has denied a hoax. His lawyer, David Lane, said he was waiting to see the evidence in the case. "Allegations are cheap," Lane said.

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