Balloon took flight without boy 1 year ago

— It's been a year since the world watched a runaway silver balloon flying over Colorado, fearing for the little boy thought to be inside.

On Oct. 15, 2009, Richard and Mayumi Heene reported that their 6-year-old son Falcon had floated away in a UFO-shaped balloon, touching off a furious chase.

The balloon's flight and the chase were broadcast live, taking viewers on an emotional roller coaster.

Falcon wasn't found inside the balloon when it finally landed, raising fears that he had fallen out. He turned up later that day hiding in the family's garage in Fort Collins.

Authorities accused the Heenes of staging a hoax to promote possible reality TV shows. Both parents served time in jail and the family later moved to Bradenton, Fla.

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