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The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee are currently looking for missing toddler, Evelyn Boswell.
Evelyn (16 months) “was last seen by certain family members near the end of November 2019 and the first of December 2019,” per a notice from the State of Tennessee Department of Children’s Services to the sheriff’s office.
The toddler is 2 feet tall and weighs 28 pounds. She has blue eyes.
The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement regarding the classification of the search:
“We realize that some may question why an Amber Alert has not been issued for the child. Criteria for issuing an Amber Alert are established by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and this case does not meet the criteria for an Amber Alert to be issued.”
The FBI and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are assisting in the search.
Boswell’s parents are reportedly involved in the investigation, but it is not clear to what extent.
You can see the Facebook profiles of her parents here:
According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Evelyn was last seen on December 26, 2019. This is different timing to that provided by law enforcement.
We were sent screenshots of messages regarding the behavior of Evelyn’s mother, Maggie:
On February 19, 2020, an Amber Alert for Evelyn was finally issued:
Evelyn’s father Ethan made this social media post right after the Amber Alert was issued:
On February 21, 2020, Megan/Maggie made a public statement:
“Well the reason I didn’t report it or anything was I knew the person who had her, and I didn’t want them to run away with her,” Megan Boswell said. “And as soon as they thought anything was going on they just kinda vanished. So I’m just kinda worried, you know, about where they are at. What they’re doing with her at this point in time.”
She says that Evelyn was with a person she trusted to watch her daughter while she was at work.
“In a way I knew that as soon as anything went down this person was going to disappear and they have. And they have tried to find them… They won’t answer phone calls. They just kinda disappeared.”
Megan said she’d do things differently if she is given a second chance.
“Yeah I probably would have called the first day. I should have. But I just didn’t want them to run with her, like they have now.
On the same day that Maggie made the statement, her mother and her mother’s partner were taken into custody. No further details about the reasons for their arrests are known yet.
Evelyn’s grandfather also spoke to the media on February 21. He confirmed that the last time he saw Evelyn was on Thanksgiving and that he was the one to call DCS to report her missing. When he told his ex-wife (Angela) of his plans to call DCS, she said ‘you’re going to regret this.
You can see his interview here.
A reward for information on Evelyn’s whereabouts was at $33,000 and counting on Friday evening, according to the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirmed on Friday evening that they had found the vehicle they were looking for in connection with Evelyn’s disappearance.
The TBI said the vehicle was located in Wilkes County, North Carolina along with individuals law enforcement were wanting to speak with. After the discovery of the vehicle, Evelyn remains missing.
Maggie has made public social media posts about Evelyn’s disappearance:
On Monday February 24, 2020, Angela Boswell waived extradition in a North Carolina court room and told the judge that she was anxious to resolve the situation.
“I’d like to get back there and get this situation with my granddaughter resolved,” Boswell told Wilkes County District Court Judge David Byrd.
They are each are charged in Sullivan County with theft of property over $2,500 in connection with a stolen car (the Silver BMW that the TBI were originally looking for). Angela also faces a violation of probation charge.
William has claimed the BMW was a gift from Evelyn’s mother, Maggie. “I had no idea anything had went wrong with the car,” he said. “Apparently her daughter hadn’t paid for the car. Neither of us was aware of anything about that.”
Both Angela and William will remain in custody without bond in North Carolina until the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office can return them to Tennessee.
UPDATE – FEBRUARY 25, 2020
Megan Boswell, the mother of missing 15-month-old Evelyn Boswell, has been arrested. The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office has charged Boswell with one count of “false reports.” Boswell is being held in the Sullivan County Jail on a $25,000 bond.
On February 26, 2020, police began carrying out a search of a pond in Wilkesboro, NC.
This pond is adjacent to a home that is owned by Mary McCloud, mother of William. William is Angela’s boyfriend and they are both currently in jail.
Online listeners are saying that they heard a ’10-79′ call over the scanner. This means ‘notify coroner’. This search is currently ongoing.
Update – March 1, 2020
Angela Boswell was released from jail on February 28. She was released after she posted bond and is required to wear an ankle monitor. Her next court date is set for March 4.
Maggie Boswell remains in jail. Police have confirmed that is NOT pregnant, despite what she posted on social media before her arrest.
The TBI has said they have recieved over 700 tips in their search for Evelyn. She remains missing.
UPDATE – March 6, 2020
Authorities believe they have recovered the remains of missing 15-month-old Evelyn Boswell.
According to the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, investigators searched the home of a family member in the 500 block of Muddy Creek Road on Friday evening after receiving new information in the case.
The sheriff’s office says the property belongs to a family member of Evelyn’s mother, Megan Boswell.
This case is confusing and has many players. This family tree may help:
At a hearing on March 4, Judge Klyne Lauderback asked Angela Boswell if she had yet retained a lawyer. She confirmed that she did not have a lawyer representing her.
“I can’t find an attorney that will take the case,” Angela told the judge, citing a “stigma” that surrounds it.
Angela told the judge said she had called several lawyers and that she was yet to hear back from them.
Lauderback asked when she was going to have an attorney.
“I’m working on that. I’m Googling, trying to find lawyers,” Angela said.
William McCloud made bond on March 4 and was also released from jail on that date. He was represented by Ricky Curtis, a court appointed attorney.
A new court date for Angela Boswell and her boyfriend William McCloud has been set for March 24.
Update – March 9, 2020
Megan Boswell appeared in court today. Her bond was increased from $25,000 to $150,000. “We thought it was appropriate under the circumstances to file a motion to increase bond and to have a hearing as soon possible,” said Sullivan County District Attorney General Barry Staubus.
During the hearing, TBI agent Brian Fraley shared testimony on the discovery of a child’s body Friday night.
“There was a body. Of a child, possibly a year, year and a half old,” Fraley said on the witness stand.
Fraley confirmed the age, size, and characteristics of the body matched the description of Evelyn Boswell.
“What else was found there?” asked Staubus.
“The clothing, with the prior interview of Ms. Boswell, the clothing described in that interview was the exact clothing that was found on this child,” said Fraley.
“What else was found there?” Staubus asked again.
“There was various… various child clothing, diapers, toys. That kind of thing. That would have belonged to the child,” Fraley said.
In an interview following the court proceedings, Staubus affirmed Fraley’s testimony.
“Clothing was found. It was consistent, matched the clothing that the defendant said the child was wearing,” Staubus said.
Another key moment came when Judge James Goodwin asked Fraley about statements Megan made during interviews with investigators.
“Did Ms. Boswell make any inculpatory statements with regard to the death of Evelyn Boswell?” asked Goodwin.
“Did you say culpatory or…?” Fraley asked.
“Inculpatory,” Goodwin said.
“Yes,” Fraley answered.
Inculpatory statements are legally defined as incriminating or placing guilt or responsibility.
A news agency contacted Megan’s father Tommy. He said he would not be posting bond for Megan.
UPDATE – March 11, 2020
The TBI has confirmed that the remains found belong to Evelyn Boswell. “We have a sad update to pass along in our ongoing search for answers in the death of 15-month-old Evelyn Boswell. Remains found on Friday evening have been confirmed to be those of the little girl.”
A judge has sealed records from an autopsy of remains believed to be those of missing toddler Evelyn Boswell, said Sullivan County District Attorney General Barry Staubus.
“I thought it was necessary because of the publicity the case has engendered, and because it’s still under investigation,” Staubus told Knox News on Wednesday. “I thought it would maintain the integrity of the investigation.”