WILKES COUNTY, N.C. — A search conducted Wednesday in Wilkes County, North Carolina in connection with a 15-month-old Tennessee girl who is the subject of an Amber Alert proved “inconclusive,” officials said.
Channel 9’s Dave Faherty was at the pond as crews searched in Traphill, north of Wilkesboro.
Channel 9 could see investigators with the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office along with firefighters from Sherrills Ford around the pond.
The Sheriff’s Office said the search was inconclusive and that nothing was found.
Investigators said Evelyn Mae Boswell from Sullivan County, Tennessee was last seen Dec. 26, 2019 but was not reported missing until Feb. 18.
The girl’s mother, 18-year-old Megan Boswell, was charged Tuesday with one count of filing a false police report, according to the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office.
Megan Boswell had provided detectives with “a number of conflicting statements” during the course of the investigation, according to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office. Investigators said they determined some of the information she gave them was false.
Megan Boswell had said the toddler’s grandmother took the little girl to Mendota, Virginia.
Angela Boswell, 42, — the baby’s grandmother — and William McCloud, 33, were found traveling in a car that was reported stolen, and arrested in Wilkes County last Friday, according to investigators.
Investigators had said they were looking for that gray 2007 BMW because the people inside may have information about Evelyn’s whereabouts.
The two were taken into custody on charges unrelated to the girl’s disappearance and were being questioned as part of the ongoing investigation, officials said.
Chopper 9 Skyzoom flew over the pond in Wilkes County Wednesday that officials said is less than a mile from where Angela Boswell and William McCloud were arrested.
McCloud’s grandmother lives next to the pond and told Channel 9 the two showed up at her home in Traphill asking for money to get out of North Carolina.
She said her grandson was wet and explained why.
“That he had been at a motel and the pipe burst and he got his feet wet and somebody stole his money and he needed money to get back to Bristol,” Mary McCloud said.
Channel 9 asked if she thought her grandson could have had any involvement in baby Evelyn’s disappearance.
“I don’t know. He’s devious enough. His record from youth up, he’s been devious enough to be involved in something,” she said.
Deputies said Angela Boswell and William McCloud have been extradited back to Tennessee.
Investigators said all the information from Wednesday’s search was reported back to the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations.
Call the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office at 423-279-7330 or the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND (824-3463) if you have any information about the case or where Evelyn may be.