Search for Evelyn Boswell: A timeline of events


(WJHL) – It has been almost a week since an AMBER Alert was first issued for 15-month-old Evelyn Boswell.

Authorities are pursuing every lead in this case as they work to find baby Evelyn.

Below is a timeline of events that have unfolded so far in the case.

2/19: Just after 4 p.m., SCSO sends release about ‘missing child investigation’

  • In that release, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office officials said in part, “On Tuesday afternoon, February 18, 2020, the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office received a State of Tennessee Department of Children’s Services referral in reference to a child that had not been seen by certain family members in approximately two months.”
  • Authorities also released the first photo of Evelyn Boswell, as pictured below.
Source: SCSO

2/19: Just before 8 p.m., TBI issues AMBER Alert for Evelyn Boswell

2/20: News Channel 11 interviews Hunter Wood, a man who said he dated mother of missing Evelyn for a few weeks

2/21: Sullivan County Sheriff Jeff Cassidy holds his first news conference

  • This was the first time authorities addressed the AMBER Alert and the ongoing search.
  • Sheriff Jeff Cassidy announced he was personally contributing $1,000 for a reward in the search for Evelyn.
  • You can watch the entire news conference HERE.

2/21: Ballad Health, others donate to reward

  • Just hours after that news conference held by Sullivan County officials, many businesses in the community added to the reward.
  • Ballad Health and its CEO, Alan Levine donated a combined $30,000 to the reward.
  • As of February 25, the reward totaled at $58,950.

2/21: TBI issues information about car, license plate they are looking for in connection to AMBER Alert case

  • TBI officials issued a statement on social media on 2/21 saying in part, “We now have information that indicates the individuals traveling in a gray 2007 BMW with TN tag 3M9-6W9 have information regarding Evelyn Boswell’s whereabouts. ”

2/21: Authorities announced they arrest two wanted in connection to car in AMBER Alert case, held on unrelated charges in North Carolina

  • The Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office has identified two individuals who were found driving a vehicle of interest in the case of missing 15-month-old Evelyn Boswell.
  • The sheriff’s office says William McCloud and Angela Boswell were arrested and charged with possession of stolen property.
  • Angela Boswell is the grandmother of Evelyn Boswell.
  • Officials with the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office told News Channel 11 that Megan Boswell was purchasing the vehicle from the owner for her mother, Angela Boswell. 
  • The owner of the vehicle was awaiting payment in order for the vehicle, title, and registration to be transferred over but a payment was never made, according to the Sullivan County Sheriff’s office.

2/21: Grandfather of missing Evelyn speaks to News Channel 11 in an on-camera interview, said he called DCS

  • Tommy Boswell, Sr., the grandfather of Evelyn Boswell, told News Channel 11’s Kelly Grosfield he has not seen her since Thanksgiving.
  • In Friday’s interview with Tommy Boswell, Sr., said he and his son, Tommy Boswell, Jr. would each be putting up $10,000 for Evelyn’s safe return.

2/22: Community holds prayer vigil for Evelyn Boswell in Bristol

  • Community members gathered at Cumberland Square Park Saturday evening to pray for Evelyn’s safe return.

2/23: Community holds second prayer vigil in Kingsport and a fundraiser for Evelyn

  • A second community prayer vigil was held at Glenn Bruce Park in Kingsport Sunday night. A food truck fundraiser to help with the reward to find Evelyn was held earlier in the day.

2/24: Evelyn’s grandmother appears in N.C. courtroom along with boyfriend on charges unrelated to AMBER Alert case

  • Angela Boswell and William McCloud were arrested Friday after deputies with the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office found a gray BMW that was reported stolen and was the subject of a BOLO in relation to Evelyn’s disappearance.
  • Boswell waived her legal representation in regards to extradition and agreed to be extradited back to Tennessee.
  • Prosecutors asked that Boswell be placed on a $2 million bond, but no bond was set because of her extradition. Boswell’s bond will be set when she returns to Tennessee.

2/24: Angela Boswell, Evelyn’s grandmother, is extradited back to Tennessee

2/24: Megan Boswell, mother of missing Evelyn, speaks to News Channel 11 in an on-camera interview

  • News Channel 11’s Anslee Daniel sat down with Evelyn’s mother for the first time since the case began.
  • Full interview HERE.

2/25: Court documents reveal the owner of stolen BMW in Evelyn Boswell disappearance

  • According to an affidavit from the General Sessions Court of Sullivan County, Tennessee, the gray BMW was reported stolen by the owner, Melissa Wood, on February 20.
  • The affidavit says Wood had planned to sell the BMW to Megan Boswell, but no agreement of purchase was made and no money was exchanged when Megan’s mother, Angela Boswell, 47, reportedly stole it.

2/25: Bond for grandmother of Evelyn Boswell set at $5K with condition she wear ankle bracelet

  • Angela Boswell, 42, was arraigned on a charge of Theft of Property Over $2,500 in Sullivan County General Sessions Court.
  • Her bond was set at $5,000 with the condition that she wear an ankle bracelet.
  • She is due back in Sullivan County General Sessions Court on March 4.

2/25: Megan Boswell, mother of missing toddler, charged with false reports

  • Megan Boswell, the mother of missing 15-month-old Evelyn Boswell, has been arrested.
  • The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office says Boswell was arrested and charged with one count of false reports Tuesday night.

2/25: Megan Boswell says she is pregnant, cannot take polygraph test

  • Megan Boswell, the mother of missing Evelyn, told News Channel 11 in a Facebook message that she was pregnant.
  • Boswell said in that message that she could not take a polygraph test because she was pregnant.

2/25: Tennessee Department of Children’s Services opens investigation

  • The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services confirmed Tuesday, Feb. 25 that its agency had opened an investigation involving the child.
  • According to the DCS spokesperson, the agency was unable to confirm any further details on the case due to state confidentiality laws.

2/25: Petition asks Tenn. lawmakers to pass ‘Evelyn’s Law’ requiring missing children be reported within 24-72 hours

  • A petition on addressed to the Tennessee State Senate is calling on state legislators to make waiting too long to report a missing child illegal.
  • The petition for “Evelyn’s Law” has reached more than 15,000 online signatures as of Tuesday afternoon.
  • Currently, the state of Tennessee does not have a law that regulates the amount of time one has to report a child missing. 

For complete coverage of this ongoing AMBER Alert, CLICK HERE.

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