Pickup truck found as search continues for missing Florida boys

Cole, Chase Hakken taken from grandmother's house

Published On: Apr 05 2013 08:14:34 AM EDT
TAMPA, Fla. -

The 2006 GMC pickup truck owned by the father of two boys kidnapped from their grandparents' Florida house has been found abandoned in a Madeira Beach parking garage.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says detectives are processing the vehicle, found late Thursday. They're searching for clues to help them find 4-year-old Cole Hakken and his 2-year-old brother Chase. They were taken by their father, 35-year-old Joshua Michael Hakken, who tied up their grandmother, officials said.

Authorities in several states are searching for the boys, as tips have poured in. Authorities say Hakken and the children's mother, 34-year-old Sharyn Patricia Hakken, are the prime suspects.

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

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