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Affidivit containing confession by Balloon Boy's Mother Mayumi Iizuka Heene


Mayumi Heene told a Larimer County sheriff's investigator that she and her husband lied to authorities last week when they reported that their 6-year-old son was aboard a balloon released from the family's backyard. On Saturday, Mayumi Heene told Investigator Robert Heffernan that she and her husband had lied to authorities on Oct. 15. She admitted the release of the flying saucer was intentional as a hoax. Mayumi Heene said she and her husband knew all along that Falcon was hiding in the residence. The motive for the fabricated story was to make the Heene family more marketable for future media interest. Mayumi Heene said she and Richard Heene had devised the hoax two weeks before the launch and that the experimental flying saucer was made specifically to carry out the hoax. Mayumi Heene also said the she and her husband had told their three children to lie to authorities and the media. "The motive for the fabricated story was to make the Heene family more marketable for future media interest," Heffernan wrote in his report. "Mayumi described that she and Richard Heene devised this hoax approximately two weeks earlier. The experimental flying saucer was specifically made to carry out this hoax." Richard Heene's attorney David Lane and Mayumi Heene's attorney Lee Christian both have not seen the affidavit, which was made available to the public today through the Larimer County courthouse. "The fact that they're releasing an affidavit before an arrest is made -- I've never seen that before," Lane said in a phone interview. "It's further proof of what that sheriff will do to further his own agenda and try to make it unfair to the Heenes. "The Heenes haven't even seen it." Lane said it is typically standard practice to keep search warrant documents sealed until an arrest is made in a case. "We still maintain if they are going to be arrested, we will turn them in," Lane said of the Heene family. "This is just more grandstanding by the sheriff."

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