Oct 17, 2009 1:14 PM by Associated Press
A "big announcement" from the father of a boy feared missing in a helium balloon failed to materialize.
Richard Heene told reporters early Saturday he would hold a news conference with an announcement later in the morning. But when he emerged from the house and came to microphones, he said only that he was putting a cardboard box outside the door to take written questions. He said he'd answer the questions Saturday evening.
Sheriff's investigators planned to talk to Richard and Mayumi Heene again Saturday to resolve lingering questions over whether the drama could have been a hoax. Richard Heene has called that suggestion "pathetic."
The family has been in the news since Thursday when the balloon Richard Heene had in his backyard broke free of its tethers. Richard and Mayumi Heene reported their son, 6-year-old Falcon, was on board.
That set off a frantic search that included law enforcement agencies, the Colorado Air National Guard and TV helicopters. The balloon landed in a field about 50 miles from Fort Collins and no
one was on board. Sheriff's investigators found the boy in the rafters of his family's garage where he said he hid because he thought he was in trouble.