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Vehicle linked to AMBER Alert possibly in East Tennessee

ETOWAH, TN (WATE-TV) - TBI’s AMBER Alert for Cole Hakken (4) and Chase Hakken (2) is still in place.  There have been several sightings of the vehicle. Authorities believe the vehicle may have been spotted in Etowah.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation issued a statewide AMBER Alert Thursday because a vehicle identified by authorities may have been spotted in Etowah.

The AMBER Alert is for Cole Hakken, 4, and Chase Hakken, 2, both from Tampa, Florida.

According to a notice sent by the TBI, Cole and Chase were allegedly kidnapped from their custodial grandmother on April 3.

Florida investigators told ABC affiliate WFTS-TV in Tampa that the boys’ father Joshua Hakken went into the home early Wednesday morning after the grandfather had left for work.

Officials believe the boys’ biological mother, Sharyn Hakken, may have been waiting outside in a vehicle.

Joshua Hakken allegedly tied up the grandmother, Patricia Houser, took the boys and fled in Houser’s 2009 Toyota Camry.

The car was found several blocks away.

Click here for more info from WATE-TV

AMBER Alert is for Cole Hakken, 4, and Chase Hakken, 2,  (Photo courtesy of WATE-TV)

AMBER Alert is for Cole Hakken, 4, and Chase Hakken, 2, (Photo courtesy of WATE-TV)

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Posted in GA-Fannin County, GA-Gilmer County, GA-Towns County, GA-Union County, NC-Cherokee County, NC-Clay County, NC-Graham County, NC-Macon County, NC-Swain County, Regional News, TN-Monroe County, TN-Polk County

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