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Evelyn Boswell is just one of four Amber Alert children

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Posted at 5:00 PM, Feb 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-25 18:08:04-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — There are currently four active Amber Alerts in Tennessee for four children. Their names are Evelyn Boswell, Zaylee Fryar, Gage Daniel, and Chloie Leverette.

Todd Matthews has been an advocate for missing people for more than 30 years.

"They call it the nation’s silent mass disaster," Matthews said. "Well, the Amber Alerts, they come so fast and so furious at times. It starts to get muddy at times."

Fifteen-month-old Evelyn Boswell is the most recent child who's gone missing, prompting an Amber Alert in Tennessee. Her mother, Maggie Boswell, told CBS affiliate WJHL in Sullivan County that Evelyn's grandmother took the child and dropped her off at a campsite in Virginia. However, law enforcement officers said they didn't find anything.

Boswell said, "Just bring her back... I just want her back, that’s all I want."

In the interview, Maggie said she initially didn't tell investigators that her mother took Evelyn because she was threatened.

"I know a lot of people are like 'why didn’t you report her missing earlier?' It’s because my mom threatened me, and I just want her back," Boswell said.

Sullivan County authorities said Boswell has given them conflicting stories, and rumors about her are swirling on social media. Todd said the public needs to focus on the facts from law enforcement to help find little Evelyn.

"I see cases like this and there are so many rumors," Matthews said. "I’ve seen cases where there was so much disinformation that people actually died as a result of it."

As authorities search for Evelyn, there's 13 other children on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's website who are listed as missing, endangered, or Amber Alerts.

Matthews said the best thing the public can do is read up on missing people cases as it might save a life.

"It’s really important that they share the stories," Matthews said, "That’s how people know what’s going on in the community."

Click here for more information on the three other missing children with active Amber Alerts in Tennessee.

The TBI asked anyone with information on where the little girl could be to call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.