NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Authorities have found remains they believe belong to Evelyn Boswell, a 15-month-old girl from Blountville, Tennessee, who was reportedly last seen late last year.
The discovery ends a search that began when an Amber Alert for the toddler was issued on Feb. 19. But many questions remain unanswered in a case investigators say is marked by conflicting information and changing stories from the people involved.
Authorities said they believe Evelyn vanished sometime in December. But her family didn’t report her missing until Feb. 18, officials said, when Evelyn’s grandfather told the Department of Children’s Services that certain family members hadn’t seen her in two months.
Remains believed to be the missing 15-month-old were found in Blountville, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reported Friday night.
TBI and Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office investigators discovered the body on Friday. The remains will be sent for an autopsy and official identification, the TBI confirmed.
The remains were located on a property belonging to a relative of the toddler’s mother, Megan Boswell, in Blountville.
The case, which spanned three states, was referred to the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, which launched an investigation with the assistance of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the FBI.
Evelyn’s mother, 18-year-old Megan “Maggie” Boswell, was later arrested on a charge of making a false report. Police have accused her of lying to investigators about her daughter’s whereabouts, and she remained jailed on $25,000 bond Monday.
On Feb. 20 – one day after the TBI issued an Amber Alert in the case – a Blountville woman reported that Evelyn’s grandmother, Angela Boswell, had stolen her car. The car was going to be sold to the Boswell family, according to an arrest affidavit, but no agreement was reached and no money was exchanged.
On Feb. 21, a sheriff’s detective in Wilkes County stopped the stolen car. Inside were Angela Boswell and her boyfriend, William McCloud. The missing child was not with them.
Angela Boswell and McCloud were arrested and extradited to Tennessee. Both face a theft of property over $2,500 charge in connection to the stolen car, a 2007 BMW.
Both McCloud and Angela Boswell had bonded out of custody.
The theft warrant says Megan Boswell planned to buy the BMW at issue from a relative of her boyfriend, Preston Hunter Wood, for her mother but never signed a purchase agreement or paid for the car.
McCloud’s grandmother, Mary McCloud, later told authorities McCloud came to her house in North Carolina in the BMW and asked for money. She said he was wet and claimed a pipe had burst in a hotel room in which he and Angela Boswell had stayed. Boswell, she said, stayed in the car during her grandson’s brief visit.
That encounter led authorities to search a pond near Mary McCloud’s home. The search netted nothing, however, and the couple was returned to Sullivan County to face the car theft charge.
The investigation remains active at this time.
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