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Police believe balloon family

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Police in Colorado have given a news conference about the controversy over a boy thought to be inside his father's home-made helium balloon on Thursday.

A massive search was launched for Falcon Heene when it was discovered he was not in the balloon.

Sheriff Jim Alderden said repeated searches of the house were "not as thorough as we would have liked".

Regarding speculation about the event being a stunt or hoax, the sheriff said he and his officers believed the situation was genuine.

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