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Federal documents detail Hakken kidnapping case

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Joshua & Sharyn Hakken have pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and child neglect. Joshua & Sharyn Hakken have pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and child neglect.
Cold & Chase Hakken appeared at a press conference with their grandparents after they were reunited. Cold & Chase Hakken appeared at a press conference with their grandparents after they were reunited.

Federal documents reveal more details about the Hakken kidnapping case, and the preparation that led up to it. 

Joshua and Sharyn Hakken are accused of abducting their children, Cole and Chase, from the boys' grandparent's home last week.  Investigators say the Hakkens then boarded a sailboat and sailed to Cuba.  Cuban authorities alerted U.S. officials when they arrived, and the U.S. State Department sent a plane there and brought them back to U.S. soil.

In the federal criminal complaint, Byron Ross, a special agent with the FBI, wrote that Joshua Hakken had stated to others that he would like to travel to Gila National Forest in New Mexico, as well as Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina.  During a search of the Hakken's South Tampa home, a map was found with a thumbtack placed at the location of Gila National Forest.

The complaint details how and when Hakken bought that sailboat.  Ross says he interviewed an individual who sold Hakken the boat for $3,500, and Hakken still owed $500.  He didn't have a place to store the boat, so the seller directed him to one of her friends who owned a boat slip.  The affidavit says Hakken paid the slip owner $400 a month to keep the boat there.  It says he would visit the boat once a week and stock it with supplies.

On the morning of April 3rd, he showed up at the slip with his wife and two boys between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.  The couple put the boys in the cabin of the boat, and Joshua Hakken told the slip owner he may be heading to Key West or possibly South America.

Officials with the FBI say the federal complaint has now been closed as the state attorney's office is proceeding with its case.

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