No sign of boy said to have floated off on balloon


P. Solomon BandaIvan Moreno
October 15, 2009 11:01AM (UTC)

A Colorado sheriff's official says a 6-year-old boy climbed into a box that was attached to a homemade balloon, but the box wasn't found when the craft crashed.

Kathy Messick, Larimer County sheriff's spokeswoman, says one of the boy's brothers saw him get into the box or basket, which was attached with pegs.

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She says search teams are scouring the area from the house in the direction that the balloon flew. The craft was airborne for more than two hours and glided through two counties.

Messick says investigators are looking into every possibility, including whether the boy was ever in the balloon.

She described the boy, Falcon, as 3 feet tall with dark hair, and said his parents are "very traumatized."

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) -- A Colorado sheriff's official says a 6-year-old boy climbed into a box that was attached to a homemade balloon, but the box wasn't found when the craft crashed.

Kathy Messick, Larimer County sheriff's spokeswoman, says one of the boy's brothers saw him get into the box or basket, which was attached with pegs.

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She says search teams are scouring the area from the house in the direction that the balloon flew. The craft was airborne for more than two hours and glided through two countries.

Messick says investigators are looking into every possibility, including whether the boy was ever in the balloon.

She described the boy, Falcon, as 3 feet tall with dark hair, and said his parents are "very traumatized."


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