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Amber Alert for children with LA ties, police look for sailboat

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Joshua Hakken, age 35 (top right), Sharyn Hakken, age 34 (top left), Chase Hakken, age 2 (bottom left), Cole Hakken, age 4 (bottom right) // Source: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department Joshua Hakken, age 35 (top right), Sharyn Hakken, age 34 (top left), Chase Hakken, age 2 (bottom left), Cole Hakken, age 4 (bottom right) // Source: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department

MONROE, La (KNOE 8 News) - Florida law enforcement has issued an Amber Alert for the missing children with ties to Louisiana. It is now believed they may be traveling in a sailboat. 

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued the AMBER Alert for the two young children after their non-custodial, biological parents abducted them from their custodial grandmother in Tampa, Florida.  Louisiana State Police issued a Level II – Endangered/Missing Advisory as the biological parents and children may have been traveling to or through Louisiana.

Law enforcement is currently looking for Joshua Michael Hakken and Sharyn Patricia Hakken who were driving a black 2006 GMC pickup truck bearing Florida tag
#U95KT (University of South Florida tag). Their parental rights were recently terminated and they have ties in the Slidell, LA area.

As of Monday 4/8/13, police believe the family may now be traveling in 1972, 25 foot, Morgan Sailboat. The vessel has a registration number of FL3717BK. The boat has a blue hull, and has the name "Salty" with a picture of a paw near the back of the hull on each side. The stern has "St. Petersburg" in white lettering. It also has a blue Bimini top and when its sail is unfurled it is white with blue trim.

Descriptions are below:

Joshua Michael Hakken                          Sharyn Patricia Hakken
White male, 35 years of age                  White female, 34 years of age
5' 11" in height, 180 lbs (heavy set)      5'4" in height, 150 lbs (heavy set)
Brown hair and brown eyes                   Short, curly brown hair and blue-green eyes  

Chase Hakken                                        Cole Hakken
White male, 2 years of age                    White male, 4 years of age
3' in height, 33 lbs                                  3'9" in height, 44 lbs
Brown hair and brown eyes                    Brown hair and brown eyes

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