A Colorado father rejected suggestions on Friday that a search-and-rescue operation triggered by fears his son had floated away in a home-made balloon was an attention-seeking hoax.
"To have people say that, I think, is extremely pathetic," Richard Heene told ABC's "Good Morning America."
Local authorities said that while they did not believe the incident was a hoax they would seek to interview the family again.
Falcon Heene, 6, was found alive in the attic of his home on Thursday -- a happy ending after several hours during which he was thought to be in the silver flying saucer-shaped balloon watched live on television as it drifted over Colorado. When the craft landed, the boy was not inside, prompting fears he had fallen out.