A body found in Tennessee has been positively identified as missing toddler Evelyn Mae Boswell, authorities said.
The 15-month-old girl’s remains were found Friday on property belonging to a relative in Sullivan County, where an investigation into circumstances surrounding her death is ongoing, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation officials announced Wednesday.
“As we feared, the remains have now been positively identified and are, in fact, those of the 15-month-old girl,” spokeswoman Leslie Earhart said in a video posted on Twitter. “We understand that Evelyn captured your hearts — she captured ours as well — but due to the fact that this is an ongoing investigation, we’re limited as to what details can be released.”
The statewide law enforcement agency is now assisting deputies in Sullivan County, where no one has been charged in the girl’s death as of early Thursday, Earhart said.
“As previously mentioned, we are not releasing additional details at this time,” Earhart wrote in an email to The Post. “No charges have been placed, and the investigation remains active and ongoing.”
Evelyn’s mother, Megan Boswell, was charged late last month with lying to investigators about her daughter’s disappearance. Sullivan County Sheriff Jeff Cassidy said Boswell’s “conflicting, inaccurate” statements to police had hampered efforts to locate the girl, whose body was eventually found after a 17-day search.
“Every time we talk to her, her story changes,” Cassidy told reporters last month. “I’m serious when I say that, every single time.”
Investigators initially said Evelyn was last seen on Dec. 26, but later stated a babysitter likely saw the girl sometime on Dec. 10 or 11. She wasn’t reported missing until her grandfather, Tommy Boswell Sr., reported on Feb. 18 that other relatives had not seen her for two months. An Amber Alert was then issued the following day.
Megan Boswell remained jailed on $150,000 bond Wednesday after prosecutors argued for an increase from $25,000 after the discovery of her daughter’s body, which was clad in the “exact clothing” she was described as wearing when she was reported missing, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports.
Meanwhile, the girl’s grandmother, Angela Boswell, and Angela’s boyfriend, William McCloud, have been released from jail after allegedly driving a stolen 2007 BMW to North Carolina days after the Amber Alert was issued, the newspaper reports.
The car was set to be sold to the Boswell family, but no final agreement was reached, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by the newspaper. Neither has been charged in connection with Evelyn’s case.
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