Investigators: Balloon boy parents acted alone
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Sheriff’s officials say Colorado couple Richard and Mayumi Heene acted alone when they fabricated a story about their son floating off in a runaway balloon to gain publicity.
Days after a 50-mile balloon chase captivated a global audience in October, Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden said investigators were examining the possibility of conspirators, which may have included media outlets.
On Monday, two days before the two aspiring reality TV stars were to be sentenced on charges stemming from the stunt, sheriff’s spokeswoman Eloise Campanella said the possibility of coconspirators was not substantiated.
Police examined three computer laptops, several hard drives, video cameras and tapes seized from the Heene home in Fort Collins as part of their investigation.