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SCSO: Remains found believed to be those of missing toddler

Jeff Bobo, Kingsport Times News • Updated Mar 6, 2020 at 10:33 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — The search for 15-month-old Evelyn Mae Boswell ended in tragedy Friday with the discovery of what authorities believe to be the child’s remains on property owned by her mother’s family in Blountville.

The discovery apparently ends a 17-day search for the missing child, but it begins a new phase of the investigation to find out how Evelyn died, why she died, and who put her remains in a yard barn at a residence in the 500 block of Muddy Creek Road.

“This is certainly not the update we had hoped to provide this evening,” TBI spokesperson Leslie Earhart said during a press conference Friday night.

Sullivan County Sheriff Jeff Cassidy stated during the media briefing that the remains will be sent for an autopsy and a positive identification. Our partners at the Kingsport Times News have more.

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Earlier:

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office says human remains discovered at a Muddy Creek Road property are believed to be those of 15-month-old Evelyn Boswell.

A press release was issued by the department Friday night:

This evening, as part of the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Evelyn Mae Boswell, and acting on new information developed in the case, TBI Agents and Detectives with the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office searched a property belonging to a family member of Evelyn’s mother, Megan Boswell, in the 500 block of Muddy Creek Road in Blountville. During the search, authorities discovered human remains believed to be those of the missing 15-month-old girl. The remains will be sent for an autopsy and a positive identification.

The TBI, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, and the FBI would like to thank the public for their support during the two-week AMBER Alert search for Evelyn Boswell.

The investigation remains active and ongoing at this time.

A media briefing is planned for Friday evening.

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