A Sullivan County grand jury is reviewing evidence today in the case of a 15-month-old girl whose body was found in her grandfather’s shed weeks after he reported her missing, Knox News has learned.
Grand jury proceedings are secret and closed to the public, but Knox News has confirmed with several sources who have direct knowledge of the proceedings that Sullivan County District Attorney General Barry Staubus is presenting testimony Wednesday to a grand jury in the death of Evelyn Mae Boswell.
It will be up to that grand jury – a panel of 13 citizens – to decide if there is probable cause to believe Evelyn was killed and, if so, by whom. If the panel authorizes charges in the case, those presentments would remain sealed until arrests are made.
Little is publicly known about how Evelyn died, when and in whose care. Documents that might shed light on the case, including autopsy findings and search warrant affidavits, remain under seal.
A Knox News investigation has revealed Evelyn was born in November 2018 to two teenage parents – Megan Boswell, then 17, and Ethan Perry, then 19. Perry had joined the military a year earlier after graduating high school.
Megan Boswell was living with her father, Tommy Boswell Sr., 50, and two younger siblings at the Boswell family compound off Muddy Creek Road in Blountville at the time of the birth. Megan Boswell’s mother, Angela Boswell, 42, was in jail on drug-related charges when Evelyn was born.
Tommy Boswell Sr., who operates a paving company from the family compound, reported Evelyn missing in February. He told authorities he had not seen the child since early December 2019. He has never publicly explained why he delayed in reporting his granddaughter missing but denies any role in her disappearance and death.
The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office immediately launched a probe of the disappearance and interviewed both Megan Boswell and Perry, who then was stationed in Louisiana. Perry denied any knowledge of the disappearance or his daughter’s whereabouts.
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Megan Boswell, on the other hand, made a slew of claims that authorities now say were false, including blaming Perry for the child’s disappearance and insisting her mother had taken the child to a Virginia campground. She was jailed, accused of filing false reports.
Angela Boswell, meanwhile, abruptly left Sullivan County when news of her granddaughter’s disappearance surfaced and headed to North Carolina with then-boyfriend William McCloud.
Both were arrested – accused of failing to pay for the car in which they were traveling – but later told Sullivan County authorities they knew nothing about Evelyn’s whereabouts.
On March 11 – nearly three weeks after Evelyn was reported missing – law enforcers showed up at the Boswell family compound armed with a search warrant and soon announced they’d found Evelyn’s remains inside Tommy Boswell Sr.’s shed.
They’ve said little else about the case since then. Megan Boswell has remained jailed on 11 counts of filing a false report, unable to post a $50,000 bond.
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