Deputies: Abducted Florida boys may be on sailboat

Published On: Apr 09 2013 05:39:35 PM EDT
Updated On: Apr 05 2013 02:31:17 PM EDT
Cole and Chase Hakken

Cole and Chase Hakken.

TAMPA, Fla. -

Officials say the father of two boys kidnapped from their grandparents' house recently bought a 25-foot sailboat.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said Friday that 25-year-old Joshua Michael Hakken recently bought a 24-foot, 1972 Morgan sailboat with a blue hull. The boat's whereabouts is unknown.

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

Officials are searching for clues to help them find 4-year-old Cole Hakken and his 2-year-old brother Chase.

Authorities say Hakken and the children's mother, 34-year-old Sharyn Patricia Hakken, are prime suspects.

The Hakkens lost custody of the children last year after a drug possession arrest in Louisiana. Authorities say he later tried to take them from a foster home at gunpoint.

An Amber Alert was issued for the boys on Wednesday.

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