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Cole and Chase Hakken missing from Tampa Found

UPDATE 4/10/13 – Cole and Chase who, along with their parents sailed to the Marina Hemingway west of Havana have been returned to the US, and the parents were jailed in Tampa on Wed.

Joshua Michael Hakken and his wife, Sharyn,  are being held on charges of kidnapping, child neglect and interference with custody, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

Many believed that Cuba would not interfere and would actually harbor the fugitives when they arrivedin Havanna on Tuesday, but they did not and sent them back to the US.   All four family members were put aboard a plane which arrived early Wednesday in Tampa.

“Tonight, thanks to a joint effort of the Department of State, FBI and U.S. Coast Guard, two U.S. citizen children are safely on their way home,” read a statement from the U.S. Interests Section. “We would like to express our appreciation to the Cuban authorities for their extensive cooperation to resolve this dangerous situation quickly.”

UPDATE:  4/9/13 – According to CBS Miami, CNN reporter Patrick Oppman ran into the father, Josh Hakken on a boat at a Havana marina on Tuesday. Josh would not talk to Oppman and Cuban police told Oppman to leave.  Oppman said he did see one of the boys and that a woman told him they were okay.

What will happen next?  Will the US get involved and demand the boys be returned to the US?

UPDATE: 4/8/13 – Officials believe that the missing boys are in Cuba.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office reports that it received information Monday that the Hakken family had arrived on the island nation.

Investigators say they’re working with the FBI and the U.S. State Department to verify their reports.

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UPDATE 4/5/13 – The Hillsborough county Sheriff’s Office said that Joshua recently bought a 25-foot sailboat.  It is a 1972 Morgan sailboat with a blue hull. The boat’s whereabouts are unknown.

Joshua’s pickup truck owned by Hakken was found abandoned Thursday night in a Madeira Beach parking garage.

Previous story:  Cole Hakken, 4,  and Chase Hakken, 2,  were taken from their grandmother’s house on Shady Shores Drive in Tampa, Fla. around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday morning., by their father, Joshua Hakken, 35, who tied up the grandmother, Patricia before he fled.  Authorities also say that they believe Sharyn Hakken, 34, the boy’s mother is with them.

The children were then removed from the home and they fled in Hauser’s silver 2009 Toyota Camry, authorities said. Sharyn Hakken, 34, is also believed to be with them, officials said.

Investigators said Joshua and Sharyn Hakken are both anti-government and have attempted a previous abduction at gunpoint in Louisiana, reports WESH news.

The four could be in a silver 2009 Toyota Camry or a black 2006 GMC pickup truck with Florida license tag number U95KT.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of the children or Joshua and Sharyn Hakken is asked to call 911 or the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

4 thoughts on “Cole and Chase Hakken missing from Tampa Found

  1. I think it's because they didn't have custody of the children. Legally, they could not just take them from their Grandmother's house. I think I read that they'd broken in and tied up the Grandmother, but did not verify it or read this article carefully.

  2. Their actions are not those of a good parent. That might be a hint as to why Grandma had the kids.

    A lot of absentee parents ditch the baby and then want to take over the well behaved, healthy child that grandma has raised.

  3. If you lose custody you cannot take the children…it is kidnapping,…could be very valid reasons why they lost custody.

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