TAMPA, Florida - Detectives with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said they received dozens of leads over the weekend in the search for Joshua Hakken and the boat he and his family are believed to be on. Investigators said they followed up on every lead and none of them panned out.
"The good news on that is we know people are now out looking. We know that this is a priority. Not only for us, but the public as well," said Det. Larry McKinnon, with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
The Hakkens are believed to be on the boat "Salty" possibly somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico. Detectives released another picture showing the boat more clearly. They said they will also meet and review some of the information received through leads and other detective work.
Over the weekend multiple agencies, including the Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife, searched the vast waterways along Florida's Gulf Coast. The eyes on the water also included the boating public, who received alerts through their radios from the Coast Guard.
Detectives said they are focused on this case, will continue to get the message out, and remain optimistic for the boys' safe return. They are asking Joshua Hakken and his wife to turn themselves in.
Joshua Hakken is accused of kidnapping his sons, Chase and Cole, from his mother-in-law's Tampa home on Wednesday. She has custody of them.
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