Amber Alert Issued for 4 Year Old Cole Hakken & 2 Year Old Chase Hakken Missing Since 4/3/13 in Tampa, FL. (Abducted by Bio Parents Joshua & Sharyn Hakken). Could they Be Aboard Sailboat?
An Amber Alert was issued after two young children, 4 year old Cole Hakken and his two year old brother Chase Hakken were abducted by their own parents. According to police, the children were staying at their grandmother’s home off the 14000 block of Shady Shores Drive when their father, Joshua Hakken, showed up around 6 p.m. Wednesday and abducted the children. Joshua Hakken tied up his mother-in-law, woke his two kids and took off with them in the grandmother’s 2009 silver Toyota Camry. Cole and Chase’s grandparents were given custody of the children on Tuesday after the mother and father, Joshua and Sharyn Hakken, had their parental rights terminated. The grandmother was just given custody and one day later this event occurs. The grandmother’s silver Camry has since been located by police. Hillsborough deputies have issued arrest warrants for Joshua for kidnapping, interference in child custody, child neglect, false imprisonment, burglary with battery and grand theft auto.
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An Amber Alert was issued for 4 year old Cole Hakken and 2 year old Chase Hakken, who were last seen in the Tampa-St. Petersburg, Florida area.
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They may be with their father Joshua Hakken, 35, and his wife Sharyn Hakken, 34, and they may be traveling in a 25-foot, 1972 Morgan sailboat, according to the FDLE. The vessel has a registration number of FL3717BK.
The boat has a blue hull, the name “Salty” with a picture of a paw near the back of the hull on each side, a blue Bimini top and a white sail with blue trim, the FDLE said.
If anyone has seen the missing Hakken boys, please call the FBI’s Miami office at 305-944-9101, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department at 813-247-8200, or 911.
The children are described as follows:
Two-year-old Chase Hakken stands 3’0″ tall and weighs 33 pounds. He has brown hair, brown eyes, and was last seen wearing pajamas.
Four-year-old Cole Hakken stands 3′ 9″ and weighs 44 pounds. He has brown hair, brown eyes, and was also last seen wearing pajamas.
Description of bio-parents:
Joshua Hakken is described as a white male 5 feet 9 inches tall, 175 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.
Sharyn Hakken is described as a white female, 34 years old, 5 feet 4 inches tall, 150 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.
Hillsborough County deputies have confirmed that a black truck allegedly used in the abduction of two brothers has been located in Madeira Beach.
The 2006 GMC pickup truck was located abandoned in the John’s Pass Parking Garage located at 12901 Gulf Blvd.
HCSO detectives and crime scene technicians are processing the vehicle.
Pinellas County deputies initially responded after someone reported seeing a vehicle that matched a description on Amber Alerts issued across the Southeast. Four states issued the alerts including Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee.
Chase and Cole Hakken were still wearing their pajamas when deputies say their own parents took them by force from a Lake Magdalene home.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has issued a statewide AMBER Alert for two Florida brothers who may be in eastern Tennessee with their non-custodial parents.
Cole Hakken, 4, and Chase Hakken, 2, were kidnapped from their grandmother’s home in Tampa on April 3. The grandmother has custody of the brothers.
The vehicle may have been spotted in the area of Highway 30 and Highway 411 in Etowah, Tennessee Wednesday around 8 p.m.
UPDATE III: AMBER alert family seen headed onto Gulf of Mexico.
Hillsborough deputies say the father who abducted his two non-custodial children in Tampa was last seen taking his family into the Gulf of Mexico aboard a sailboat.
The information comes shortly after Joshua Hakken’s pickup truck was discovered in a Madeira Beach parking garage. Investigators believe Hakken took his 4-year-old Cole and 2-year-old Chase onto a 25-foot sailboat, hours after abducting them from their grandmother’s home early on Wednesday morning.
The Sheriff’s Office says it is not clear what direction the boat went after leaving the Johns Pass area, nor do they know if the boat was still on the water during Thursday’s strong storms.
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