Falcon Heene may not have fallen from the balloon Thursday and could be somewhere on the ground, a spokeswoman for Larimer County Sherriff's Office said on Thursday.
The 6-year-old may not have fallen out of the balloon because the basket itself was not breached nor it looked like he fell out of it, police speculated, according to Eloise Campanella, the spokeswoman, CNN reports.
I'm very confident we will find him. I think it's a matter of him being a little scared, she said. Maybe he's not ready to be found, Campanella stated, according to the network.
The boy is missing as of Thursday 5:30 pm in Colorado after a homemade balloon aircraft where he was believed to be floating in, landed empty.
Heene's family of five was once featured on ABC's Wife Swap and was introduced as a storm-chasing, science-obsessed family. They devote their time to scientific experiments that include looking for extraterrestrials and building homemade flying saucers to send into the eye of the storm, according to the show's website.
Watch a video featured on ABC of the Heene family chasing hurricane Gustav: