The ex-boyfriend of the mother of a missing Tennessee toddler is speaking out after he said social media users began spreading false accusations about him, amid a frantic AMBER Alert search for 1-year-old Evelyn Boswell.
Hunter Wood told News 11 that he dated Megan “Maggie” Boswell in December, but only for a few weeks. Boswell is the mother of Evelyn. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Evelyn was last seen on December 26, 2019, but not reported missing until February 18, 2020.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Boswell, along with Evelyn’s father, Ethan Perry, are reportedly involved in the investigation. Authorities have not disclosed where Evelyn was last seen or which family members saw her. According to the Kingsport Times-News, Perry is on military active duty and stationed in Louisiana.
A family member initially reported this child to the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, according to the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office. After conducting interviews, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation issued an AMBER Alert for Evelyn on February 19.
Wood told News 11 that he met Boswell after she applied for a job at the restaurant he owns in Blountville. He told the outlet he had an “on and off” relationship and didn’t consider it to be a serious commitment. During the time he dated Boswell, he reportedly never once saw Evelyn.
“All I’ve seen is pictures of her, I’ve never even seen the baby. I have no relationship with that child whatsoever.”
Wood added that Evelyn was supposedly staying with Perry during Christmas, at least according to what the child’s mother reportedly told him.
“They have half custody to the best of my knowledge,” Wood explained. “It’s not my business to dig further into that because we weren’t that serious for me to dig further.”
Wood said he has not seen or heard from Boswell since authorities issued the AMBER Alert.
Wood also reportedly said that he didn’t want to hinder the investigation in any way, but spoke up after people began slamming his name and business across social media.
“I’m not doing this to, you know, hurt this investigation because all in all the entire matter here of what’s going on and what needs to be resolved is finding that baby.”
UPDATE: The search for Evelyn Boswell continues. We have another photo to pass along.
Investigators continue to follow-up on leads as they come in.
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— Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (@TBInvestigation) February 20, 2020
The toddler’s disappearance remains shrouded in mystery, as authorities indicated that Evelyn “could be anywhere.”
“Right now we’re not sure of her exact location. It could be anywhere from what we know. We’re conducting the investigation, and obviously we’ve been talking to as many people as we’ve come in contact with that knew about the child,” Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office PIO Captain Andy Seabolt told NBC 5.
“We have several others we will be speaking with as well, and we’ve also been receiving some leads we’ve been following up on… We want to know why the child was not reported missing earlier.”
Evelyn is described as a white female with blue eyes and blonde hair. She weighs around 28 pounds and stands 2-feet tall. She was last seen wearing pink shoes, a pink tracksuit, and a pink bow.
Anyone with information on Evelyn is urged to contact the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office at 423-279-7330 or the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.
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[Feature Photo: Evelyn Boswell/TBI]