Florida Authorities Asking Recreational Boaters to Be on the Look Out for Missing/Kidnapped Brothers Chase & Cole Hakken … Seraching for Joshua Michael Hakken’s Newly Purchased Boat “Salty” and a Paw Print in White on both Sides of Hull
Four year old Cole Hakken and his brother two year old Chase Hakken have been missing since Wednesday, April 3, 2013 when they were forcible removed from their grandmothers home and kidnapped by their bio father Joshua Michael Hakken. The grandmother had been given custody one day prior to the abduction after Joshua and Sharyn Hakken had lost their parental right.
Florida authorities are asking recreational boaters to be on the look out for missing Cole and Chase Hakken and for a sailboat that the father Joshua Hakken recently bought. According to accounts, it is a 25 foot sailboat (picture here) with a blue hull with the word “Salty” and a paw print in white on both sides. The Coast Guard is also aiding in the search for the missing brothers and has been broadcasting an Amber Alert.
Florida authorities are asking recreational boaters to keep an eye out for a boat owned by Joshua Michael Hakken that could hold two kidnapped boys.
The message appears to be getting the attention of boaters along the Florida coast.
“I got kids and family myself, so we’ll be definitely looking for them,” Bryan Hinland told WTSP-TV.
Pedro Rodriguez said he was also keeping an eye out. “Every once in a while I looked out to see if I saw (the sailboat) or not,” he said.
Investigators with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office say they believe Hakken shuttled his wife, Sharyn, and the boys onto the 25-foot sailboat around 10 a.m. Wednesday. Investigators are unsure whether Sharyn Hakken is part of the kidnapping plot or a victim.
Father purchased a sailboat: (more details)
On Friday, authorities said they’ve obtained information that Joshua Hakken recently purchased a sailboat.
At least one witness said the 25-foot boat was spotted going underneath the John’s Pass Bridge last week.
The sheriff’s office says Hakken has sailed before.
“I don’t want to say extensive, but we do know he has some sailing training and some sailing experience, so he is capable of operating that boat,” said McKinnon.
The boat is described as a 1972 Morgan 25M (25 foot) sailboat, blue bimini top, white mainsail, boat deck and cabin are white, hull is blue with “Salty” and a paw print in white on both sides with a white stripe near water line, bearing Flo.
It is uncertain at this point whether 35 year old Joshua Michael Hakken, 34 year old Sharyn Hakken and the two brothers, Chase & Cole Hakken, are still aboard the sailboat or whether they might be back on land. An Amber Alert for the boys has been issued in Florida, Tennessee, Louisiana and other states.
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