On Friday, Sullivan County Sheriff Jeff Cassidy said detectives received a tip that led to a property belonging to a “family member of Evelyn’s mother.”
Police will confirm Evelyn’s identity after an autopsy is conducted, Cassidy said.
The investigation is still active and in its early stages, officials said.
The discovery follows two weeks of efforts from local, state and federal authorities to locate the child, navigating through interviews with a mother who police said changed her story each time she spoke to them.
The mother was arrested for giving false reports
|Evelyn mother: megan boswell|
According to the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, the remains were found on a property at the 500 block of Muddy Creek Road in Blountville, Tennessee. Authorities said they received information that led them to the property Friday, which belonged to a family member of Evelyn’s mother, 18-year-old Megan Boswell.
“This is not the update we had hoped to share. We would like to thank each of you for your support over the last two and a half weeks,” Leslie Earhart with the TBI said.
Authorities held a short press conference about the tragic discovery Friday night at 11:15 p.m. at the Sullivan County Justice Center, saying the investigation into the death is in its early stages and there is much work to be done.
Grandmother was arrested
Days after an AMBER alert was issued for the baby, Evelyn’s grandmother was arrested alongside her boyfriend, after police said they may have information about the disappearance.
Angela Boswell, 42, and William McCloud, 33, were found traveling in a gray 2007 BMW in Wilkes County, North Carolina.
|Angela Boswell and William McCloud|
The two were charged with possession of stolen property, according to the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office and were extradited to Tennessee. On Wednesday, Angela Boswell appeared in court for the property theft charge, where she told the judge she was having difficulty finding an attorney because of the “stigma” surrounding the case.
The judge reset the case to March 24.
She was reported missing months after she was last seen
The TBI said it received at least 890 tips in connection to the case. But authorities eventually determined there had been no credible sightings, a spokesman with the sheriff’s office said.
The young child was last reported seen December 26. She had blonde hair, blue eyes and was wearing a pink tracksuit, pink shoes and a pink bow when she went missing.
“We’re conducting the investigation and obviously we’ve been talking to as many people as we’ve come in contact with that knew about the child,” Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Andy Seabolt had told CNN affiliate WCYB at the beginning of the search. “We want to know why the child was not reported missing earlier. “As days went by, the reward for finding the child topped $71,000.
“We pray every day she is found, in good health and can be brought back and taken care of,” her great-grandfather, David Jones, told WCYB.
“It’s just been a stress on all of us,” he said.