Sheriff: Runaway Balloon Saga Was a Hoax

A Colorado sheriff said it was hoax when parents reported that their 6-year-old son was in a flying saucer-like helium balloon hurtling away from their home.

Richard and Mayumi Heene put on a very good show for us, and we bought it," Larimer County Sheriff, Jim Alderden, said.

The sheriff said no charges have been filed yet, and the parents aren't under arrest.

He said he expects to recommend charges of conspiracy, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, making a false report to authorities and attempting to influence a public servant.

Some of the most serious charges each carry a maximum sentence of six years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

Sheriff Alderden said interviews with the parents on Saturday resulted in enough information to get a warrant to search the house. Authorities were looking for computers, e-mails, phone records and financial records.

The sheriff added that all 3 Heene brothers knew of balloon hoax, but they will probably not face charges because of their age: Brad is 10, Ryo is 8 and Falcon, also known as the Balloon Boy, is 6 years old.

We'll have the latest details on this case coming up on Action 4 News Weekend at 10 p.m.