Tennessee state investigators and Sullivan County detectives carried out a search warrant Friday at a trailer park owned by missing tot Evelyn Boswell’s uncle.
Zachary Warfield, who lives in one of the mobile homes on the property, told WJHL that investigators spent about 15 to 20 minutes at his trailer, where they dug in a spot of “some soft ground” and beneath the trailer. He said they removed something from underneath the trailer, putting it into a brown bag and carting it away.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, authorities issued an AMBER Alert for Evelyn February 18, shortly after the 1-year-old’s grandfather, Tommy Boswell Sr., reportedly contacted the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services. Authorities said that although Evelyn was last seen around December 11, no one reported the child missing for nearly two months, police said.
Based on a tip, authorities arrived Friday morning at Lakeshore RV Park, owned by Tommy Boswell Jr near Boone Lake in rural upper East Tennessee, and left the property at about 12:30 p.m. Boswell Jr is the brother of Megan “Maggie” Boswell, Evelyn’s mother. Warfield told WJHL that he believed Megan and her mother had lived in the trailer park “for quite a while.”
On Thursday, police in Yadkinville, North Carolina, were checking out a tip from a Kentucky Fried Chicken employee that she served Evelyn, her grandmother Angela Boswell, and the grandmother’s boyfriend, William McCloud, two to three weeks ago. Ashley Hutchens spoke with WJHL, telling the station she was at the front counter when the three came in. It wasn’t until she saw photos on social media that she recognized them.
“Well, I first recognized the boyfriend,” Hutchens said. “I have tattoos, so I look at everybody’s tattoos and face features and stuff. I’m really good at remembering people’s faces. I remember the tattoo on his neck, it was like words or something and then I remember the cross on his face. And I think he had one more tattoo over his eyes. I don’t remember what it said though. and just his beard and stuff. So when I seen the picture pop up on my Facebook, that was either look for him or he got arrested or something, I was like, oh my God, they came into KFC. That’s when I seen that little girl and recognized her too, as the little girl that was with them.”
Police told WJHL they were reviewing surveillance footage but did not say if they’d found Evelyn in any of the footage.
Since the beginning of the investigation, Evelyn’s mother has given inconsistent statements, according to Sheriff Jeff Cassidy of the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department.
“Every time we talk to her, her story changes,” Cassidy said. “I’m serious when I say every single time.”
Maggie Boswell was arrested for making false reports about Evelyn’s disappearance. McCloud and Angela Boswell were arrested in North Carolina last week and extradited back to Sullivan County charged with theft. The two were found in a grey BMW that had been reported stolen. Tennessee authorities said that Maggie Boswell had reportedly agreed to buy the car for her mother but never made any payments or filed any paperwork. Angela Boswell said she had no idea the car, which belonged to Maggie’s ex-boyfriend Hunter Wood, had been reported stolen, CrimeOnline previously reported.
Bail bondsmen told WJHL that both McCloud and Angela Boswell are expected to bond out of jail shortly.
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/Police Handout]