North Carolina police search pond for missing toddler

Mother of missing 15-month-old Evelyn Mae Boswell arrested for false reporting

Evelyn Mae Boswell was last seen sometime in December, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, but she was officially reported missing on February 18, several weeks after she vanished.

Authorities say that Megan has given conflicting accounts in the investigation as to the disappearance and whereabouts of the child.

Evelyn's grandmother, Angela Boswell, and boyfriend William McCloud were arrested last week in North Carolina on fugitive warrants unrelated to the child's disappearance.

Frustrated by the women's multiple versions of what happened to Evelyn, authorities said they charged Megan Boswell with filing a false report because her conflicting statements have impeded the investigation.

An AMBER Alert was issued for Evelyn February 19, 2020.

Megan Boswell later said her mother took her daughter to a campground in Mendota, Virginia.

Sullivan County Sheriff Jeff Cassidy also confirmed in a news conference Wednesday that authorities are searching an area in Wilkes County, North Carolina in connection with the case. But Cassidy has since cited a babysitter seeing Evelyn on December 10 and 11, and said that might be the "more accurate" estimate of when the child was last seen due to "inaccurate" information that had been provided by Boswell.

The TBI said McCloud and Boswell are "believed to have information" regarding the girl's whereabouts.

Police said Megan Boswell, was involved in a auto sale that allegedly devolved into a vehicle theft. The judge set her bond at $5,000 in the case, but Sullivan County Sheriff's Capt. Andy Seabolt said she would remain jailed because a bondsman revoked her bond in an unrelated case.

The Tennessean previously reported that investigators are attempting to determine why the child's family took so long to report her missing.

"If you talk to anybody who actually knows me, they know that I would never hurt Evelyn or do anything like that", she said on Tuesday, telling WCYB that she had volunteered to take a lie detector test, but was turned away because she is pregnant. Before she was returned to Tennessee, Boswell told the judge she wanted to go home and resolve the situation with her granddaughter, news outlets reported. Angela Boswell was returned to Sullivan County on Monday.

Court documents state when investigators spoke with Megan February 18, she told them that Evelyn was with her father, Ethan Perry. Angela Boswell has been extradited back to Tennessee.

Officials said the search did not uncover any additional evidence in the case.

Cassidy personally offered a $1,000 reward to anyone who came forward with information that leads to the child's safe return.

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