HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The FBI is on the hunt for a Seattle man who may have sailed to Hawaii with his son. 46-year old Jeffrey Ford Hanson is wanted on a federal arrest warrant for international parental kidnapping.
According to the FBI, on or around September 4th, he picked up his 9-year old son Billy Ginger Hanson for a parental visit, setting sail from Seattle. The two have not been seen since. On September 10th, Billy's mother – who has custody of him – notified authorities that he hadn't returned. Two days later, the warrant was issued.
"We have no specific information that Mr. Hanson sailed here with Billy to Hawaii, but we talked to Coast Guard experts regarding the boat and his sailing abilities and it's entirely possible that he has made it this far" said FBI Special Agent Tom Simon. "Based on the fact that he disappeared at the start of September 2014 with his son Billy, it's entirely possible that he made it as far as Hawaii, or even beyond at this point" he continued.
The Honolulu FBI is reaching out to anyone in the boating community – in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and other nations – to be on the lookout for Hanson's vessel. It's described as a 1976 Cooper sailboat named "Draco". It is white, with a red six-inch stripe along the side. It has the Washington license plate WN6753NZ.
Jeffrey Ford Hanson is described as being 5'5", 160 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes. Billy Ginger Hanson is four feet tall, ninety pounds.
The Honolulu FBI office can be reached at 808-566-4300, or online at fbi.gov/honolulu