Hunt for Evelyn goes on; grandmother waives extradition; reward nears $59,000

J. H. Osborne • Feb 24, 2020 at 8:21 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — Angela Boswell and William McCloud waived extradition back to Sullivan County during a court appearance on Monday in North Carolina and Angela arrived back at the Sullivan County Jail on Monday evening. McCloud is expected to be brought back here soon. The two were sought by police as persons of interest in connection with missing toddler Evelyn Mae Boswell, Angela Boswell’s granddaughter.

Evelyn, 15 months, has not been seen since Dec. 11, Sullivan County Sheriff Jeff Cassidy said on Friday. Anyone with any information should call 1-800-TBI-FIND. Law enforcement officials said all tips should be submitted by calling that number, not through social media. As of Monday, nearly 400 tips had come in to that number. Evelyn is described as a two-foot, 28-pound blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl.

Police last Friday announced they were searching for the occupants of a 2007 BMW. That turned out to be Angela Boswell and McCloud, who were later observed and stopped by a Wilkes County, North Carolina, detective in the Traphill area of that county. The car had been reported stolen by the owner, according to a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation statement after the arrests. That statement read:

• Megan Boswell, mother of Evelyn and daughter of Angela, was purchasing the vehicle from the owner for her mother.

• Payment was to be made regarding the vehicle and the title and registration changed to reflect the new owner; however, no purchase agreement was ever completed and no money was ever exchanged.

• Neither Megan nor Angela Boswell completed these tasks and the owner was unable to make contact with either party to return the vehicle.

• As a result of William McCloud and Angela Boswell leaving in the vehicle and not returning it to the owner, charges of theft over $2,500 were obtained for each in Bristol General Sessions Court.

• Angela Boswell, 42, of Kingsport, is also being held on a violation of probation warrant for theft that is out of Kingsport General Sessions Court.

• Upon William McCloud, 33, of Elizabethton, and Angela Boswell being located, investigators traveled to Wilkes County to interview them regarding the Evelyn Boswell case.

No new details have been released about the ongoing investigation, in which the TBI and Federal Bureau of Investigation are assisting the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities continue to urge the public to share photos of Evelyn online, saying that is the best way to help at this time.

A reward fund, initially launched by Sullivan County Sheriff Jeff Cassidy with $1,000 of his own money, has grown to nearly $59,000 for information leading to Evelyn’s safe return.

Donors and pledged amounts, as of Monday afternoon according to the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page, include: Cassidy — $1,000; Storage Source One Self-Storage — $2,500; Alan Levine — $5,000; Ballad Health — $25,000; Fuller Paving Group — $2,000; Indian Springs Armory — $500; Tommy Boswell Sr. — $10,000; Tommy Boswell Jr. — $10,000; Krazy Gringo’s — $450; Belcher Grady DBA BG Paving — $2,000; Express Tanning — $500.

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office issued two separate notices to address some posts on social media by others:

• “We have become aware that there are Facebook groups that are organizing search parties in relation to the Evelyn Boswell case. At this time, we are not asking for volunteers to help organize search parties. If we need volunteers for search parties, we will make that known.”

• “The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office has not established a GoFundMe account and has not authorized anyone to establish one on its behalf. We are aware of an account that someone has set up and an inquiry has been made to GoFundMe in reference to it.”


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