Timeline: 15-month-old goes missing from East Tennessee

Posted at 8:20 PM, Feb 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-25 21:44:20-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The case has confounded law enforcement officials since its beginning. And as time has passed, the story and timeline of missing 15-month-old Evelyn Boswell doesn't seem to be getting any clearer. Here's what we know about the case thus far.

February 19 (afternoon): Missing Child Information
The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office releases information about a missing child investigation, asking for the public's help in searching for 15-month-old Evelyn Boswell. The SCSO indicates the 15-month-old hadn't been seen by "certain family members" since December 2019. The SCSO began investigating after DCS alerted them to the missing child.

February 19, 7 p.m.: Amber Alert
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation issues an Amber Alert for Evelyn Boswell. The TBI reports she hasn't been seen since December 26 but was reported missing more than two months later on February 18.

February 20
Hunter Wood, the ex-boyfriend of Evelyn's mother Megan "Maggie" Boswell tells CBS affiliate WJHL he never saw the little girl when the two were dating over the course of a few weeks. Wood says Boswell told him Evelyn was staying with Evelyn's father, who was on military leave for Christmas.

February 21, 10 a.m.
Boswell appears in juvenile court for undisclosed reason.

February 21, 1 p.m.: First SCSO Press Conference
The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office holds its first press conference in the case. Sheriff Jeff Cassidy says no one, not even Evelyn's parents, has seen the little girl in two months and they were notified after Evelyn's grandfather raised concerns to DCS. Sheriff Cassidy says they have a person of interest they'd like to talk to, who is in a gray 2007 BMW with Tennessee tags. He adds that Maggie Boswell has full custody of Evelyn, and that she is giving conflicting information on where her daughter may be. A $33,00 reward is offered in the case.

February 21, 8 p.m.
The BMW and at least two people investigators want to talk to are located in Wilkes County, North Carolina. Evelyn's mother Maggie Boswell tells our news partners WCYB (CNN affiliate) she had a person she trusted watch Evelyn while she was at work and they disappeared. Boswell she didn't contact police because she was threatened.

February 21, 11 p.m.
Angela Boswell (Evelyn's grandmother) and William McCloud, occupants in BMW, are charged with possession of stolen property. The SCSO says Maggie Boswell was purchasing the vehicle from the owner for her mother Angela. Payment was never made on the vehicle.

February 22
Reward in the case climbs to $56,000.

February 23
TBI releases a new photo of Evelyn to aid in the search. They say they've received 375 tips, but all are are unfounded, and there's still no word on where Evelyn could be.

February 24
Angela Boswell is extradited to Tennessee and placed into custody in Sullivan County. The TBI holds a press conference and releases home video of Evelyn. In the press conference, they say they've received more than 400 tips, but all are unsubstantiated. Evelyn's mother, Maggie, tells CBS affiliate WJHL her mother, Angela took Evelyn to a campground in Mendota, Virginia. Authorities search the area and tell WJHL little Evelyn was not found.

February 25: Mother Arrested
Maggie Boswell tells CBS affiliate WJHL she is pregnant and unable to take a polygraph test because of it. The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office responds to the claim, saying they don't use polygraph tests, and the TBI says Boswell was never scheduled to meet with a TBI polygraph examiner. An affidavit from the General Sessions Court of Sullivan County obtained by WJHL says the BMW was reported stolen by the owner, Melissa Wood, on February 20. No money was exchanged. The reward in the case climbs to $59,950. The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office takes Maggie in to custody, charging her with false reporting.

Editor's Note: Reports from WJHL NewsChannel 11 and WCYB News 5 contributed to this article.