|Published:||Apr 07, 2013 8:37 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Apr 08, 2013 10:42 PM EDT|
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - UPDATE Officials believe a Florida couple suspected of kidnapping their two sons from the woman's parents are in Cuba.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office reports that it received information Monday that the Hakken family had arrived on the island nation. Investigators say they're working with the FBI and the U.S. State Department to verify their reports.
Florida authorities hope good weather will boost their chances of tracking down a sailboat that may be carrying two boys kidnapped from their grandparents' home.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says Joshua Michael Hakken entered his mother-in-law's house Wednesday, tied her up and fled with his sons Cole and Chase.
Authorities are searching for a boat Hakken recently bought. It's described as having a blue Bimini top, white mainsail, and a blue hull with the word "Salty" and a paw print in white on both sides, with a white stripe near the water line.
Sheriff's office spokesman Larry McKinnon tells The Tampa Tribune (http://bit.ly/12xyjhY) that good weather means more recreational and boaters will be on the water and able to help in the search.
Information from: The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune, http://www.tampatrib.com
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