Why Was It Months Before an Amber Alert Was Issued for Missing Tennessee Toddler Evelyn Boswell?

An AMBER Alert for was issued Wednesday night for Evelyn Mae Boswell at the request of the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office. But, the 15-month-old girl was last seen in December.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

Evelyn Boswell, an East Tennessee toddler at the center of a state-wide Amber Alert, was reportedly last seen the day after Christmas, authorities announced this week.

But the 15-month-old Sullivan County girl from Blountville was not reported as a missing child until Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Why did it take the girl’s family nearly two months to report her missing?

“That’s what investigators are trying to determine,” Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Leslie Earhart said Friday morning.

Sullivan County Sheriff Jeff Cassidy said Friday afternoon that the case is full of “conflicting information and inaccuracies,” and that he believes Evelyn was actually last seen Dec. 10 or 11 by a babysitter.

“This is unlike anything I have ever seen,” he said at a press conference.

The TBI issued an AMBER Alert for Evelyn Wednesday night at the request of the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, Earnhart said.

Authorities described Evelyn as standing 2 feet tall, weighing 28 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a pink tracksuit, pink shoes and a pink bow.

On Friday morning the TBI tweeted “individuals in a gray 2007 BMW with TN tag 3M9-6W9 have information regarding Evelyn Boswell’s whereabouts.”

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SOURCE: USA Today; The Tennessean, Natalie Neysa Alund