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Kidnapped Hakken Boys Are Now Home Safe and Well

Circulating message asks users to watch out for missing boys Cole and Chase Hakken.

Brief Analysis
The boys were missing for a short time, but were returned to the home of their grandparents in April 2013. The boys were kidnapped by force and taken to Cuba by their parents after their grandparents were awarded custody. The parents were brought back to the US and jailed on kidnapping charges. The continued circulation of the message is unnecessary.

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Hakken Boys

Detailed Analysis

This social media driven message requests that users keep an eye out for missing boys Cole and Chase Hakken. The message includes images of the missing boys, but provides no information about the case other than their names.

The boys really did go missing back in April 2013, after they were abducted from the home of their grandparents. However, they are now back with their grandparents and are safe and well.

Four-year-old Cole and two-year-old Chase were kidnapped by their own parents. The kidnapping occurred after full custody of Cole and Chase was awarded to their grandparents.  The boys had already been living with their grandparents after the father was arrested on drug charges in 2012.

On the 3rd April 2013, the boys were taken by force by their father Joshua Hakken. He broke into the grandparent's house and tied up the grandmother before absconding with the children.

For a time, authorities did not know where the boys were taken.  However, it was later discovered that the boys had travelled on a yacht to Cuba with their parents. Cuban authorities turned over the couple and their children and all were brought back to the United States.

Cole and Chase were reunited with their grandparents and were reportedly none the worse for their "adventure".  Joshua and Sharyn Hakken were arrested and kept in custody on kidnapping and other charges.

Thus, the continued circulation of this message is unnecessary. Unfortunately, missing child messages often continue to circulate for months or even years after the case described has been resolved. This can cause problems for law-enforcement agencies and missing child organizations who must field ongoing queries about such cases, including many false sightings. 

While social media messages can certainly be useful for helping to find missing people, it is important that alerts contain accurate and up-to-date information, including where and when the person went missing. Users should always check the status of a missing person message via a reputable source before sharing it with others. Sending on outdated, false, or inaccurate missing person alerts is counterproductive.

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Last updated: August 6, 2013
First published: August 6, 2013
By Brett M. Christensen
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