Search continues for Hakken boys taken by non-custodial father

Family last seen on sailboat headed into Gulf


The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has received information that the Hakken family has arrived in Cuba. The sheriff's office is working with the FBI and the U.S. State Department to verify this information.


Day six and still no sign of the Hakken family. They were last seen leaving a dock at John's Pass Marina last Wednesday.  Witnesses say they saw both Joshua and Sharon Hakken loading boxes of supplies on that 25-foot sailboat boat before boarding and heading out to the Gulf of Mexico.

Cole, 4, and his brother Chase, 2, were allegedly abducted by their father Wednesday, April 3 from their maternal grandmother's house.  Authorities say the Hakken's boarded the boat just hours after the kidnapping, giving them about a 16 hour jump on authorities, according to Detective Larry McKinnon with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

At this point, multiple agencies are working the case by land, air and sea.  All of them pleading with the public to help them locate this family.

The boat they were last seen in is a 1972 Morgan with an outboard motor with the word "Salty" written on the side with two paw prints on it.  The sailboat has a blue hull and a white mainsail.  Authorities say Joshua Hakken purchased the boat just weeks before the alleged kidnapping.

Detective McKinnon says they are hoping clues like the family's black pick up truck found at a John's Pass parking garage last Friday and evidence seized from the Hakken South Tampa home will act as a road map, bringing Chase and Cole Hakken home safely.

As of Monday, there were active Amber Alerts in both Florida and Alabama.

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