Oct 19, 2009

CSU student may be part of the balloon hoax story

The photo shows 6-year-old Falcon Heene climbing up into his hiding place above the garage.

Denver Channel 7 reports:

A CSU student said Richard Heene was plotting a publicity stunt using a UFO-shaped balloon and "some controversy" to feed his obsession with reality TV stardom.

The the 25-year-old CSU student is Robert Thomas.

Thomas said he worked as a research assistant for Richard Heene who feverishly labored to launch a "Science Detectives" reality-TV show deal that would be along the lines of "MythBuster-meets-mad scientist."

The sheriff said investigators want to speak with the Robert Thomas the Colorado State University student who was paid by Gawker.com for the exclusive expose titled: "I Helped Richard Heene Plan a Balloon Hoax" -- which appeared on the Gawker Web site Saturday.

Gawker is a website that publishes National Enquirer type stories and we wonder if the Robert Thomas connection story is just another hoax.

Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden said his office has not been able to locate Robert Thomas.