BLOUNTVILLE — Two people wanted for questioning in the disappearance of 15-month-old Evelyn Mae Boswell have been charged with the theft of a vehicle that the child’s mother was in the process of purchasing.
Angela Boswell, 42, Kingsport, and William McCloud, 33, Elizabethton, were arrested Friday in Wilkes County, N.C., after being stopped in a 2007 BMW that was in the process of being bought by Evelyn’s mother, Megan Boswell.
Sullivan County Sheriff Jeff Cassidy described the occupants of the BMW as “persons of interest,” although not necessarily people who have the child. They were being questioned following their arrest.
On Wednesday, an Amber Alert was issued for Evelyn by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, although the child might have been missing since December.
As of Saturday evening, Evelyn remained missing and the investigation was ongoing. Her mother was cooperating with investigators, although Cassidy said Friday he doesn’t believe she has been completely honest.
Evelyn’s grandfather reported the child missing last week. The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services received the initial report and immediately referred it to the SCSO on Tuesday.
According to a press release issued Saturday evening by the SCSO, Angela Boswell (Evelyn’s grandmother) and McCloud have been charged with theft over $2,500.
As of Saturday night, they were in the Wilkes County Jail awaiting extradition to Sullivan County.
On Friday, the SCSO and TBI reported that a gray 2007 BMW was being sought in an attempt to question the occupants regarding the Evelyn Boswell case.
The 2007 BMW had been reported stolen by its owner.
At the time, Megan Boswell was in the process of purchasing the vehicle from the owner for her mother, Angela Boswell.
However, no purchase agreement was completed, no money was ever exchanged, and the owner was unable to make contact with either of them to return the vehicle.
Warrants were issued in Bristol General Sessions Court for McCloud and Angela Boswell on one count each of theft over $2,500.
The BMW was entered into NCIC as a stolen vehicle and was stopped Friday by a Wilkes County detective in Traphill.
McCloud was driving and Angela Boswell was the only passenger.
The pair were arrested and housed in the Wilkes County Jail. Angela Boswell is also being held on a violation of probation warrant for theft out of Kingsport General Sessions Court.
SCSO and TBI investigators traveled to Wilkes County to interview them regarding the Evelyn Boswell case. No new information about what police learned from those interviews has been released.
Evelyn has blonde hair, blue eyes, is 2 feet tall and weighs approximately 28 pounds. She was last seen wearing a pink tracksuit, pink shoes, and a pink bow.
Evelyn was entered as a missing child on Tuesday, Feb. 18. According to the TBI, she was last seen on Dec. 26.
TBI spokesperson Leslie Earhart stated in a press release Saturday that since issuing the AMBER Alert just before 8 p.m. Wednesday, authorities have received more than 300 leads.
None, however, have produced any credible sightings regarding the whereabouts of the toddler.
“During the investigation, authorities have received a number of conflicting statements,” Earhart said. “That, combined with the fact that Evelyn was not immediately reported missing, makes this a complicated case. Our primary focus continues to be finding Evelyn Boswell. We urge the public to remain vigilant and report any information that may prove beneficial in the ongoing search to 1-800-TBI-FIND.”