Remains found on property owned by Evelyn Boswell’s grandfather are those of Tennessee toddler who had been missing since mid-December, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) announced Wednesday afternoon.
“As we feared, the remains have now been identified and are, in fact, those of the 15-month-old girl,” the TBI’s Leslie Earhart said.
Court documents released this week revealed the remains were found Friday in an out-building on property owned by Tommy Boswell Sr, the father of little Evelyn’s mother, Megan “Maggie” Boswell, who is currently behind bars of allegedly making false statements to authorities about the case, as CrimeOnline previously reported.
Neither TBI nor the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office offered further details about the case.
“Please understand these types of cases are highly sensitive,” Sullivan County Sheriff Jeff Cassidy said. “Certain aspects just can’t be released to protect the integrity of the case.”
Cassidy asked the public to be assured that the investigation was continuing apace and that the perpetrator or perpetrators would be brought to “certain and swift justice.”
WATCH: We have a sad update to pass along in our ongoing search for answers in the death of 15-month-old Evelyn Boswell. Remains found on Friday evening have been confirmed to be those of the little girl.
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— Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (@TBInvestigation) March 11, 2020
Boswell Sr and some other members of the family released a statement to WJHL shortly after TBI’s announcement:
“The immediate Boswell family (excluding Angela Jones Boswell [Evelyn Boswell’s grandmother]) of Evelyn are in anguish and grief over their loss. It has been a very rough and trying time for everyone. At this time they do not want to speak publicly in regards to the tragedy. They are still trying to process what has happened. They ask for media and the public to respect their wishes. They need more time to grieve, privately.
The show of love and support does not go unnoticed. The family appreciates the prayers, memorials, and love that has been shown for Evelyn. In such a dark time, it shows there are loving people out there. All we want is justice for Evelyn and whoever is responsible to pay for the crime.
The family would also like everyone to know there has not been any fundraisers or donations for funeral arrangements approved by the Boswell Family. The Boswell Family would like to reach out to Ethan Perry and family to come together for all arrangements for sweet Evelyn. There has been a lot of hate, threats, and lies thrown at members of the family not involved in the disappearance of Evelyn. The family would like to keep the ceremony private for family and close friends, due to that. Please try to show respect to those that are grieving and experiencing a heartbreaking loss.
A special thank you to SCSO, TBI, and FBI for the endless hours and work being put in to bringing Evelyn the justice she deserves.”
Angela Boswell and her boyfriend, William McCloud, were arrested in North Carolina and charged with theft of a vehicle that authorities believe could have been connected to Evelyn’s disappearance. They were extradited back to Tennessee and are out on bail.
Sullivan County Judge James Goodwin increased Megan Boswell’s bond Monday morning, raising it from $25,000 to $150,000. As of early Wednesday evening, no further charges have been put forward.
Boswell has not been charged with her daughter’s death. Her court-appointed lawyer, Brad Sproles, told News Channel 11 that he’s currently going through “hours of recorded interviews” between Boswell and investigators. He’s specifically searching for possible “inculpatory” statements Boswell gave.
Authorities said since the beginning, Megan Boswell has given numerous inconsistencies about her daughter’s whereabouts, after the little girl was reported missing February 18. According to Sullivan County authorities, Evelyn was not reported missing until two months after the last time she was seen alive.
“Every time we talk to her, her story changes,” Cassidy said. “I’m serious when I say every single time.”
On February 18, the day authorities issued an AMBER Alert for Evelyn, Boswell reportedly told a DCF worker that Evelyn’s father, Ethan Perry, had the child and she planned to pick her up.
Authorities said that Perry, who is stationed in Louisiana and actively serving in the military, did not have the baby.
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[Feature Photo: Evelyn Boswell/Police Handout]