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BSO Case Number: DN01-11-3702 (UPDATED)
PIO Number: 01-11-43
Date: Shawn has been recovered unharmed. A BSO detective called Brevard Sheriff’s Office around 7:15 pm and requested a deputy check Harold Smith’s residence in Cocoa, where the child and three adults were located. Immediate plans are to place Shawn in the custody of the Department of Children & Family Services until arrangements are made for his grandparents to pick him up. As for the three adults, BSO detectives will obtain arrest warrants for them. Marie Hinkel faces a criminal charge of interfering with custody. Daniel Smith and Harold Smith face one count each of aiding with the interference of custody. Both are felony charges.</p></b> Broward Sheriff's Office detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing and endangered toddler who was abducted from his Dania Beach home Friday morning. Around 11:15 a.m. Shawn Hinkel-Hosfel’s mother, Marie Hinkel, and her two friends, arrived at 2421 SW 51 Street for a visit and to drop off Christmas gifts. After witnessing a happy reunion, Marie’s mother, Virginia Hinkel went inside her Ravenswood Estate trailer to get her grandson something to drink. When Virginia returned, Shawn was gone. The trio fled in a silver or possibly light blue 4-door mid-size car with a Florida tag. Law enforcement officers throughout the state have been notified to be-on-the-look-out for Marie, Daniel Smith, and Harold Smith, all from Cocoa. Shawn’s maternal grandparents, Virginia and Howard Hinkel were awarded custody of Shawn in July 2001 due to abuse by his mother. Since that time, Shawn’s father Leldon Hosfel, has moved in with the Hinkel’s and is helping to take care of his son.
Time: 1115
Place of Occurrence: 2421 SW 51 Street, Dania Beach


  • Shawn Michael Hinkel-Hosfel, 2, 6/10/99, male, same as above


  • Marie Hinkel, 19, 8/14/82, female, 4146 Citrus Blvd., Cocoa, FL
  • Daniel Wade Smith, 22, 3/6/79, male, 4146 Citrus Blvd., Cocoa, FL
  • Harold Smith, 65, 10/19/36, male, 4146 Citrus Blvd., Cocoa, FL

Description of Incident:


INVESTIGATORS: Det. C. Bachan, Missing Persons
THIS REPORT BY: Veda Coleman-Wright/PIO

Posted At: 11/30/2001 05:02 PM


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