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Authorities in Florida and Louisiana Have Issued An Alert For Two Children Abducted By Their Non Custodial Parents (UPDATED!)

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UPDATE – According to Yahoo News Joshua and Sharyn Hakken have been arrested after fleeing to Cuba with their non custodial children Chase Hakken, 2, and Cole, 4, whom were kidnapped on April 4, 2013 at their grandmothers Tampa, Florida home where they resided.

The suspects fled on a boat named “Salty” and sailed to Cuba where they were located and apprehended.

Both boys have been returned to their grandparents who has full custodial rights.

Joshua and Sharyn Hakken will appear in court Thursday, April 18, 2013 for the first time to face charges including kidnapping, child neglect, false imprisonment, burglary and interference with custody.

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Joshua Michael Hakken, 34, was listed as Endangered Missing on the Louisiana State Police Facebook page three days ago. After doing more research it appears as if he along with his wife, Sharyn Patricia Hakken, 34, kidnapped their two children, Chase Hakken, 2, and Cole Hakken, 4 from their grandmother who had custody of both boys in Tampa, FL.

The abduction occurred on the morning of April 4, 2013 and later that same day the Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued an AMBER Alert for both missing boys.

Both suspects are the biological parents of the two victims however, neither have any custodial rights.

The children may be traveling to or through Louisiana since their abductors have ties to the Slidell area which is the reason for the Louisiana alert. The suspects may be driving in a black 2006 GMC pickup bearing University of Florida license plate U95KT.

The suspects description:

  • Joshua Hakken stands 5 feet, 11 inches tall, weighs 180 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes.
  • Sharyn Hakken stands 5 feet, 4 inches tall, weighs 150 pounds and has blue-green eyes and short, curly brown hair.

The victims description:

  • Cole Hakken (bottom lefr) stands 3 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs 44 pounds.
  • Chase Hakken (bottom right) stands 3 feet tall and weighs 33 pounds. Both youths have brown hair and brown eyes.

Citizens are advised not to approach the two suspects. Instead, call 911, your local law enforcement agency or the Hillsborough County, Fla., sheriff’s office at (813) 247-8200.

Abigail Olafson has been located SAFE

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12/27/12 UPDATE – Abigail Olafson, the fourteen year old Ontario teenager who went missing on December 20th has been found safe and is back home with family.

Abigail Olafson, 14, of Thunder Bay in Ontario, Canada, has been missing for several days. The Canadian teen was last seen Thursday December 20, 2012 when her mother, Cindy Bond, dropped her off at a doctor’s appointment around 9am. Abigail left the appointment and headed for school but disappeared sometime after school rang out.

Abigail, who has an autoimmune disorder, may be in danger because she’s not getting her medication. Ms. Bond is turning to Facebook for help and posted this morning that her daughter also has hypothyroidism and hypoglycemia.

Ms. Bond posted a plea on Magic 99.9 (Magic Thunder Bay) which is a Facebook page for a local radio show. In the post she wrote:

My 14 year old daughter Abigail Olafson is missing in Thunder Bay ON since December 20. I had seen her last at 9 am. When dropped off at a doctor’s appt. She was last seen at school. She did not come home after school. My daughter is auto-immune, many condition go along with it. She has hypothyroidism really bad and does not have her medication. She also has hypoglycemia. Many other conditions I am not going to list as they are not as serious. She is 5’4″ 115 lbs Red/brown hair that is just past her shoulders and blue eyes. She has a scar on her left eyelid and one on her left cheek from a dog bite. She has a piecing on her right lip. She has stretchers in her ears. She was last wearing a slim fit dark brown leather jacket, skinny jeans and black ugg style boots. She has a striped dark coloured ethnic backpack with medium tan coloured leather straps.

Photo of Abigail which was also posted by Cindy Bond

Abigail is described as standing about 5’4″ tall and weighing approximately 115 pounds, with auburn brown hair and blue eyes. She has a lip piercing, a scar on her left cheek and was last seen wearing a brown leather jacket, black Ugg-style boots and skinny jeans.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact: Thunder Bay Police at 807-684-1200 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Missing Oklahoma City Man (UPDATE)

Image Photo of Larry Wilson

UPDATE: 12/10/12 – According to family members, Larry Wilson has been located SAFE!

12/07/12, OKLAHOMA — The Oklahoma City Police Missing Persons Unit  are asking for the help of the public with help in locating a missing man.

Larry Wilson, 48, was last seen Yesterday, December 6, 2012 near Northwest Expressway and Rockwell Avenue (OK). He has not been heard from since which is uncharacteristic.

Wilson is described as a adult Caucasian male, 5’7” tall, weighing approximately 165 pounds. He has black hair and green eyes.

He was last seen driving his vehicle, a blue 2004 Chevy single-cab pickup with a long bed. Oklahoma License plate number – 221-JED

Anyone with information about his whereabouts should call 911.

 

The Girl in The Box

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Photo of Colleen Stan also known as “The Girl in The Box”

Colleen Stan was a 20-year-old female who was abducted and forced as a sex-slave by a couple on May 19, 1977 while hitchhiking from her hometown of Eugene, Oregon to Red Bluff, California to visit a good friend who lived in Westwood. She had wanted to surprise her friend for her birthday, which was coming up soon and she was willing to travel the 400 miles to do so.

Of course Colleen knew that walking the 400 miles would be crazy. She figured she’d hitchhike down Interstate 5, which was very popular to do in the 70’s despite the obvious dangers.

She made good time, catching rides that took her pretty far along her way. By the afternoon, she had gotten 350 miles towards her destination to the town of Red Bluff and with less than 60 miles to go, she was actually going to be earlier then she initially anticipated.

She evaluated each person who stopped to offer rides to make sure they “appeared safe”, and had even turned down two potential rides when she did not feel right about them, so when a blue Dodge Colt stopped on the road with a man, woman and baby inside, Colleen was relieved and did not hesitate to get in the vehicle.

The couple introduced themselves as Cameron and Janice Hooker. They were young, clean-cut and friendly and Colleen remembered hoping into the backseat overjoyed.

“I was thanking my lucky stars,” she would later say in an interview.

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Cameron Hooker (left) and Janice Hooker (right)

The Hookers were making friendly conversation, asking where she was heading, and Colleen was very comfortable until she noticed Cameron looking at her through the rare-view mirror, which gave her a bad gut feeling. But, despite her instincts and an opportunity to run while at a gas station restroom, she stayed and rationalized that man wouldn’t do anything to her in front of his wife and child and got back into the vehicle and they drove off.

They drove for another mile or so until Cameron appeared to make up his mind about something.

The Hookers mentioned that they were very close to some spectacular ice caves and they wanted to make a quick stop. A passive Colleen would have rather forgo the trip to see ice caves and gone straight to her friend’s home but she didn’t object and figured a quick stop wouldn’t hurt. She was already making good time, right?

Cameron drove down a dirt road that seemed to take them to the middle of nowhere and then stopped the car, turning the key to shut off the engine. His wife got out of the car holding the baby. Suddenly Colleen found a knife pointed against her throat. Cameron ordered her to put her hands above her head and asked her if she was going to do whatever he said. She froze in fear. She didn’t know what else to say except, “Yes.” He then handcuffed, blindfolded, bound, and gagged her.

He placed a large, metal-hinged box made out of plywood over Colleen’s head. It was heavy and had dense insulation in between its double walls, and a neck hole that near choked her.  The interior was carpeted, which impeded her ability to breathe. Wearing this, she could not eat, drink, hear, or see.

Cameron then covered her with something heavy which to Colleen, felt like her sleeping bag she brought with her.

She heard the car start back up again and sobbed to herself, wondering what was going to happen. After feeling the car stop for a few minutes, it started back up only to stop again a short time later.

The Hooker’s had taken their new victim to their home.

Google map showing the house that the Hooker’s lived and kept Colleen as a sex slave

Inside a house, Cameron removed the box that he’d placed over her head.  He then led Colleen down some steps into a dark cellar. He indicated that she was to stand on a Coleman ice chest and then told her to lift her hands over her head. Then he used a leather strap to tie her wrists to pipes. As he removed each item of her clothing, she felt him trembling.  She was still blindfolded, but she could sense that he was building up to something.  Uncomfortable as all of this was, it was nothing compared to what came next.

He removed the chest that was supporting her weight, and she hung there, suspended in the air.  Colleen kicked and screamed to be let down.  He then told her, in a sarcastic tone, to “go ahead and scream,” And told her that if she continued screaming that he will cut her vocal chords, like he did with past victims, leading her to believe she wasn’t the first. He then left her hanging in the downstairs cellar by herself.

 He started to hit her with something that hurt, both front and back. Colleen shrieked out for help, but that only made him hit her more.  She realized he was using a whip.  He then left her hanging, with her tiptoes just barely brushing something.  She could see beneath the blindfold that a pornographic magazine lay on the floor, featuring a naked woman hung up just as she was.

Shortly after being tortured, His wife came downstairs and the both of them had sex right in front of Colleen, as some sort of ‘celebration’ for their new ‘sex-slave.’

After that, he made her sit inside another locking box, and when he closed it, she discovered that she could not move.  Then he placed the head box back on her head.  She was now completely immobilized and barely able to breathe.  She began to scream, drawing her captor back.  He placed a strap over her chest that constricted her breathing even more, forcing her to stop making noise.  Then he left her like that for a very long and frightening night. She thought she was going to die. Her simple wish that morning to surprise her friend and wish her happy birthday, had turned into the worst experience of her life, and it had only just begun.

She would spend the next seven years, until she was 27, kept against her will. Raped, tortured, abused, starved and kept in a box, humiliated and degraded to the point that she was considered brainwashed, and was too fearful to ask for help. She was made to wear the head-gear and gag daily and slept in “the box”, which kept her from seeing, hearing, eating, and reduced her capacity to breath.

The box, shown re-constructed as evidence during the trail of the Hookers

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A sketch of what Colleen would have appeared like in the box

She was referred to as ”K” and had been so malnourished, her hair started falling out and she started losing a large amount of weight.

Click CRIME LIBRARY for the full story and read more on Colleen Stan and how she managed to finally escape her abductors and alert authorities.

Photo of Colleen Stan which was taken at Cameron Hookers trail

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Birthday photo of Colleen Stan

Photo of Colleen Stan, taken decades after her kidnapping ordeal. Colleen had her own words of wisdom for another kidnapped survivor, Jaycee Lee Dugard, the child kidnapped at age 11 and who was discovered 18 years later as a mother of two, still being held captive by her abductors, Phillip and Nancy Garrido. – CBS Exclusive: Woman Imprisoned in Coffin for 7 Years Has Special Message for Jaycee Dugard

A Survivor’s Story – The Smart Family

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Pictured above, Ed Smart and photo of Elizabeth Smart at the age of fourteen, she turned 25 on November 3, 1987

Police photo of Brian Mitchell Davis. 59, will spend the rest of his life in a United States Penitentiary, a high security federal prison in Tuscon, Arizona.

Police photo of Wanda Eileen Barzee, the wife of Brian David Mitchell and his accomplice. She was sentenced to fifteen years in prison and five years probation upon release, she will be approx 72 years old at that point. Barzee will also have to register as a sex offender.

 

 
Before dawn on June 5, 2002, Elizabeth Smart, then 14, was kidnapped from her bedroom. Her captors, Mitchell and Barzee, forced her to wear a burqa to hide her identity but nine months after her June abduction, an alert citizen identified Elizabeth threw her eyes, the only part of her body that wasn’t covered. She was found alive on March 12, 2003, nine months after her abduction just a few miles from her home, Her abduction and recovery were widely reported in North American media and internationally.
 
Elizabeth’s ordeal and recovery were widely reported and the subject of a Lifetime made-for-TV movie and non-fiction book. Ten years later, she is still an inspiration to many victims of abduction. She had gone to Congress to support sexual predator legislation and the AMBER Alert system, and on July 26, 2006, she spoke after the signing of the Adam Walsh Act. In May 2008, she traveled to Washington D.C. where she helped present a book, “You’re Not Alone,” published by the U.S. Department of Justice, which has entries written by her as well as four other recovered young adults. In 2009, Smart commented on the kidnapping of Jaycee Lee Dugardstressing that dwelling upon the past is unproductive. On October 27, 2009 Elizabeth spoke at the 2009 Women’s Conference in California hosted by Maria Shriver, on overcoming obstacles in life. 

On July 7, 2011 it was announced that she would be a commentator for ABC News, mainly focusing on missing persons.

Ed Smart has become a nationally renowned spokesperson for child protection, advocating for legislation and non-profit organizations that focus on the prevention and recovery of missing children. Ed works with and serves on the board of several non-profit agencies including, the National Child ID program, sponsored by the AFCA (American Football Coaches Association), radKids; and the I Keep Safe program from the Governors’ Spouses Coalition for Internet Safety. Ed is also a member of the State of Utah’s Amber Alert committee and a frequent guest speaker for Law Enforcement and other agencies involved in protecting children from predators. 

Click WIKI: Elizabeth Smart for additional information on this case.
Check out: The Elizabeth Smart Foundation
National Child Identification Program
IKeepSafe Internet Safety Coalition

A Survivors Story – The Tamara Brooks Foundation

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→ On July 31, 2002 Tamara Brooks, then sixteen years old, and Jaci Maris, were kidnapped from Quartz Hill, California. The local Sheriff’s Department issued California’s first Amber Alert which mobilized and united 13 government agencies in an intense effort to locate the girls. The alert was successful. The girls returned to the safety of their families but the story did not end there.

On October 2, 2002 the President hosted the first White House Conference on Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children. Experts and surviving families from across America convened to share and rally around best practices for making America safer for all children. Sharon Brooks emerged as a vocal advocate for children and the passage of the federal Amber Alert law.

As a mother of four children and an educator Sharon has always been keenly aware of the need to keep children safe. But the kidnapping and assault of her daughter in 2002 made her cognizant of the fact that our nation needs far more than child safety education. Both Sharon and Tamara have become renowned speakers on the importance and effectiveness of the Amber Alert program. Each, in their own right, speak at conferences of law enforcement personnel sharing their experiences so that officers will be more conscientious about the experiences of victims and their families. Sharon is a passionate advocate for victim and surviving family counseling so that they can begin the healing process. She is an equally passionate advocate for legislation that will bring criminals who commit crimes against children to justice and keep them off the streets. Sharon shares her story, time and efforts in this arena in the hope that one day our nation will not need to issue any Amber Alerts and that children will be safe.

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About Tamara Brooks Foundation:

Tamara is a vibrant and outspoken young woman who, after being abducted in 2002, continued with her life as a high school student in California to become Valedictorian of her graduating class. Tamara is not just another violent crime “survivor” – Tamara excels in life – she helps empower others by presenting at various events around the country. Her goal is to help other victims of childhood violence, not just to survive – but to excel in life.

Click here to view the Tamara Brooks Foundation

UPDATE: Amber Alert Cancelled In Case Of Kidnapped Starks County Infant, Mother Arrested

Photo above of Mia Graci Thompson, born September 6th, 2012

Photo of Kendra Meaker, left and Timothy Thompson, right. With baby Mia in the middle.

UPDATE: 09/27/12 Starks County, IL – Amber Alert Cancelled for 3-week-old Infant, Mother Arrested:

An amber alert has been cancelled for a Stark County infant, and her mother, Kendra Elizabeth Meaker, 19, has been arrested.

Authorities say 3-week-old Mia Graci Thompson has been found alive on the side of a rural road in Illinois. She was transported to a hospital to be examined. Doctors say she was hungry but overall she was in good condition.

Mia was found several hours ago, just after 7pm, roughly twelve hours after being reported missing.

The child’s mother was taken into custody in connection to the incident.

Baby Mia was reported missing Thursday morning, an Amber Alert was issued after Mia allegedly disappeared from the backseat of a vehicle.

Kendra Elizabeth Meaker, 19, said that she had both of her daughters in the backseat of the vehicle. The other child is 11-month-old Mercedes Grace Meaker. Kendra says that when she came out of post office she found only Mia missing. However, authorities say Kendra later told police she did not realize Mia was missing until after returning home.

I will update this story when information becomes available.

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Published: 09/27/12 – Amber Alert for Kidnapped 3-week-old Infant – Starks CO, IL:

 Kendra Meaker, 19, the mother of Mia Graci Thompson, pulled into the Toulon, Illinois, Post Office earlier this morning. Baby Mia was snuggled in her car-seat sleeping next to her 11-month-old sister, so Kendra decided to run in the post office real quick. She came back and didn’t notice Mia missing until her drive home and that is when panic struck.

An amber alert has been issued to the public for assistance in finding baby Mia, who was wearing a yellow onesie with a flower on the left shoulder.

Authorities say there were no witnesses to the kidnapping and they believe the three-week-old is in danger.

‘My wife called me and she was in a state of panic. She told me that our granddaughter, one-month-old Mia Graci Thompson had been abducted,’ said Mia’s grandfather, Ken Meaker.

Mia was born on September 6 to Kendra Meaker and Timothy Thompson.

Investigator’s are treating Miss Meaker’s vehicle as a crime scene but said they have ruled out all family members as suspects. But due to no witnesses, they have no legitimate leads.

Mia is described as a white female, 8 pounds and 21 inches long.

The family has asked for concerned citizens to pray for the safe return of their little girl.

Toulon, Illinois, is a small town about 150 miles southwest of Chicago.