HARDIN COUNTY, Tenn. (WMC/WVLT/WBTV) - Investigators say they came up empty after searching a pond in North Carolina for evidence in the disappearance of Tennessee toddler Evelyn Boswell.
The Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office searched a pond in the Shepherds Crossroads Community Wednesday in connection with the 15-month-old’s disappearance but found nothing new in the case.
Investigators in North Carolina said the search was inconclusive but reported all information back to the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
Our sister station WVLT reports that property records show a home near the pond is owned by a family member of William McCloud, the boyfriend of Evelyn Boswell’s grandmother, Angela Boswell. The couple was arrested over the weekend in Wilkes County on theft charges involving a stolen BMW for which investigators were searching in connection to the Amber Alert.
Sullivan County Sheriff Jeff Cassidy gave an update Wednesday afternoon on the search for the missing Tennessee toddler that has now initiated a multi-state investigation.
The TBI says Boswell was officially reported missing Feb. 18 but hadn’t been seen since some time December. TBI issued an Amber Alert the next day.
The toddler’s mother, 18-year-old Megan “Maggie” Boswell, was arrested Tuesday night and charged with false reporting.
According to court documents, Maggie Boswell told Sullivan County investigators Feb. 18 that the toddler was with her father, Ethan Perry, and she was supposed to meet him the next day to pick her up. Detectives later learned Perry is in the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana and he did not have Evelyn.
Another story was that Evelyn was with her grandmother, Angela Boswell, at a campground in Mendota, Virginia, but our sister station WVLT reports the owner said the campground is seasonal and the family never stayed there.
The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office says throughout the investigation Maggie Boswell gave investigators a number of conflicting statements, some of which were false. She was arrested and booked into the Sullivan County Jail on $25,000 bond.
Sullivan County investigators are working with the TBI and the FBI to try to find Evelyn.
Call 1-800-TBI-FIND if you have information about Evelyn’s whereabouts. The reward for Evelyn is currently $59,850 for information leading to the child’s location.