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Tennessee AMBER Alert Canceled; Truck Found In Florida

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TAMPA, Fla. - A statewide alert for two missing children issued by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has been canceled after the truck that was believed to be spotted in the state was found abandoned in Florida.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said detectives are processing the 2006 GMC pickup truck owned by the father of two boys kidnapped from their grandparents' house. It was found abandoned late Thursday in a Madeira Beach parking garage. They are searching for clues to help them find 4-year-old Cole Hakken and his 2-year-old brother Chase.

Authorities said Friday the boys' father, 35-year-old Joshua Michael Hakken, recently bought a 24-foot, 1972 Morgan sailboat with a blue hull. The boat's whereabouts is unknown.

Hakken is accused of entering his mother-in-law's house north of Tampa, tied her up and fled with the children on Wednesday.

"It's the manner in which the kids were taken that concerns law enforcement," FBI Special Agent Dave Couvertier said.

Officials said Hakken and the children's mother, 34-year-old Sharyn Patricia Hakken, are the prime suspects in the abduction. An earlier news release said "both suspects are anti-government and have attempted a previous abduction at gun point in Louisiana," but Couvertier said officials are focused on the kids and not the parents' political views.

"We're working on the safe return of the entire family, specifically the children," he said. "We don't anticipate or expect them hurting their children and hopefully we can put the family back together."

The Hillsborough Sheriff's office has issued an arrest warrant for Joshua Hakken; he faces two counts of kidnapping, two counts of child neglect, two counts of false imprisonment, one count of burglary with a battery and one count of grand theft auto.

Authorities said that Joshua Hakken lost custody of his sons last year after a drug possession arrest in Louisiana and that he later tried to take them from a foster home at gunpoint. Officials also said that the children had been living with their maternal grandparents since last year and that the Hakkens were informed Tuesday by a Louisiana court that they'd been stripped of their parental rights.

Authorities in several states are searching for the boys, as tips have poured in.

A statewide Amber alert issued by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for the boys was canceled after the truck was found. The TBI said there had been reports it had been spotted outside Chattanooga.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Col. Donna Lusczynski said law enforcement in the Southeast and Southwest are working to get information about the kidnapping onto billboards.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-TBI-FIND or the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200.

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(The Associated Pres Contributed To This Report.)

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