The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) posted on Twitter on March 6 that they found remains they believe are those of missing 15-month-old Evelyn Mae Boswell. On March 11, they confirmed in a video update, available below, that the remains were Evelyn Boswell’s.
On February 18, 2020, an AMBER Alert was issued in Sullivan County, Tennessee for Evelyn Mae Boswell, a 15-month-old girl. Although Evelyn was only reported missing on February 18, she was last seen on December 26 or December 11, depending on different reports.
Her disappearance was a long and complex case. The Sullivan County Sheriff has said that the case was extremely complex due to all the conflicting reports they received. On February 25, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations (TBI) shared on Twitter that they had received over 500 tips in this case.
1. Evelyn’s Remains Were Found on March 6 & Identified on March 11
Leslie Earhart, the public information officer for the TBI, said that the human remains found last Friday are in fact the remains of Evelyn Boswell. They were found in Sullivan County on the 500 block of Muddy Creek Road in Blountville, which is a property belonging to a family member of Evelyn’s mother, Megan Boswell.
The TBI said they cannot provide more details because the case is still under investigation and they are trying to figure out what happened. Although the remains were positively identified as Evelyn’s, there was no word on the autopsy and if a cause of death had been identified. They also did not say when they believed Evelyn had died.
2. She Was Missing Since December 26 But Was Only Reported Missing 2 Months Later
Evelyn Boswell was officially declared missing on February 18, 2020, although she was last seen on December 26 or 11, according to different reports. Evelyn is in the Tennessee database of missing children with the comment “Evelyn was entered as a missing child on Tuesday February 18, 2020 but was reportedly last seen on December 26, 2019.” The entry described the child as “a 15-month old, white female, 2 ft tall, 28 lbs., with blonde hair and blue eyes. Evelyn was last seen wearing a pink tracksuit, pink shoes, and a pink bow.”
According to Sheriff Cassidy of Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, a babysitter was apparently the last non-family member to see Evelyn on December 10 to 11. When a reporter asked when the mother or father had seen Evelyn last during a press conference, Cassidy answered: “I’m not gonna go with what the mother stated because, like I said, some of the conflicting stories are inaccurate.” He said he was “going on” the date the babysitter gave instead.
Evelyn’s grandfather finally reported her missing on February 18, 2020.
Boswell recently told media that she knew who took her daughter but she didn’t report it for fear that they would disappear with her child. Her full interview with WCYB News 5 is available here:
On February 26, WCYB5 News reported that a pond in North Carolina was searched in connection with Evelyn’s disappearance. According to this news report, the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that the search was “inconclusive.” They worked with emergency crews and deployed a remote operated vehicle device in their search of the pond but did not found anything of relevance to the case.
Sheriff Jeff Cassidy said that the FBI, the TBI, and the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office have been working very hard on this case since February 18. The Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office also assisted with elements of the investigation that occurred in North Carolina.
A number of local businesses and individuals, including the sheriff of Sullivan County, contributed money to a reward fund which passed $50,000.
3. Evelyn’s Mother Megan Boswell Was Arrested in Connection With This Case on February 25
The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook on February 25 that Megan Boswell was arrested and charged with one count of False Reports. She is being held in jail on a $25,000 bond. They said that “during the course of the investigation, Megan ‘Maggie’ Boswell [date of birth March 21, 2001] provided detectives and agents with a number of conflicting statements. Further investigation revealed that some of the information provided by Megan Boswell was false.”
During a press conference on Wednesday, February 26, Sheriff Cassidy said “During the investigation, we determined that some of the statements Megan Boswell provided to us were false. Many of the false statements that Megan made delayed our investigation and also impeded our investigation on trying to find Evelyn.” He continued, “Every time we talk to her, her story changes. I’m serious when I say that. Every single time.”
4. Evelyn’s Grandmother Angela Boswell Was Arrested & Questioned on February 22
On February 21, the TBI announced that they were looking for a gray BMW because they believed the occupants had information about Evelyn’s disappearance.
On February 22, the two individuals driving this BMW were arrested in Wilkes County, North Carolina for driving a stolen car. William McCloud, aged 33, and Angela Boswell, aged 42 and Evelyn’s grandmother, were both arrested on fugitive warrants and were interrogated by Tennessee investigators about Evelyn’s disappearance. Both were extradited back to Tennessee. William McCloud is Angela Boswell’s boyfriend.
McCloud and Angela Boswell were only arrested for driving stolen property in a case unrelated to Evelyn’s disappearance. Authorities in the case stated that they have not been charged in connection with Evelyn Boswell’s case. The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office said that Megan Boswell was buying the car for her mother Angela, but took the car without completing the sale.
5. Evelyn Was Born on November 21, 2018, to Megan Boswell & Ethan Perry
Ethan Perry is Evelyn’s biological father. Born in 1999, Perry is an active member of the U.S. Army who joined up in November 2017 after graduating from high school. He is stationed in Louisiana. After news of Evelyn’s disappearance broke, he posted on Facebook saying he was working with the authorities.
Megan Boswell is Evelyn’s mother and had full custody of her daughter at the time of her disappearance, according to Sheriff Cassidy of the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office. He explained that as per the law in Tennessee, because her parents are unwed, Evelyn was under full custody of her mother.