NEW DETAILS: Agent says ‘exact clothing’ found matches that of missing Tennessee toddler

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Police have searched a pond in Wilkes County, N.C. for a toddler from Tennessee. 15-month-old Evelyn Mae Boswell has been missing since at least December 26.

Judge increases bond for Megan Boswell

The body that was found Friday night had the "exact clothing" as missing Tennessee toddler Evelyn Mae Boswell was last wearing, a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agent testified Monday, according to the Knoxville News.

TBI Special Agent Brian Fraley said clothing, toys and diapers were found at the residence where the remains were found, the Knoxville News reported.

The property reportedly is owned by a member of the Boswell family. Fraley did not specify where the body was found.

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Evelyn was last seen wearing a pink track suit, pink shoes and a pink bow.

A judge increased mother Megan Boswell's bond from $25,000 to $150,000 in court Monday in Blountville, Tennessee, according to multiple media reports.

Boswell was charged with false reporting last month.

Authorities said the remains believed to be 15-month-old Evelyn were found Friday evening in Tennessee. The remains have been sent for an autopsy.
At a news conference Friday night, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Sullivan County Sheriff's Office said they believe they found the remains of Evelyn earlier that evening. An Amber Alert was issued more than two weeks ago, but authorities have said she hadn't been seen since at least December.

“This is certainly not the update we had hoped to provide this evening,” TBI spokeswoman Leslie Earhart said.

The remains are being sent for autopsy and positive identification, Sheriff Jeff Cassidy said. He said authorities acting on a tip found the remains on a property in Blountville that is owned by a relative of Evelyn’s mother.

Boswell, 18, was arrested Feb. 25 on a charge of filing a false report. Authorities said her inaccurate and conflicting statements had impeded the investigation.

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Bond for Megan Boswell, 18, will remain at $25,000, news outlets reported. Sullivan County General Session Court Judge Klyne Lauderback rejected her attorney’s request to drop the bond to $10,000 on Monday.

Bond for Megan Boswell, 18, will remain at $25,000, news outlets reported. Sullivan County General Session Court Judge Klyne Lauderback rejected her attorney’s request to drop the bond to $10,000 on Monday.
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Bond for Megan Boswell, 18, will remain at $25,000, news outlets reported. Sullivan County General Session Court Judge Klyne Lauderback rejected her attorney’s request to drop the bond to $10,000 on Monday.

She initially told state investigators that Evelyn was with the child’s father, Ethan Perry, according to court documents from her arraignment. But Perry is stationed with the U.S. Army at Fort Polk, Louisiana, and did not have Evelyn, WJHL-TV reported.

Megan Boswell later said her mother, Angela Boswell, took her daughter to a campground in Mendota, Virginia, not far from Tennessee's Sullivan County. Authorities searched multiple campgrounds in that area and found no sign of the girl, the TV station said.

Angela Boswell was arrested the week before her daughter was taken into custody. She and her boyfriend, William McCloud, were arrested in North Carolina on fugitive warrants unrelated to Evelyn’s case, authorities had said. Authorities looking for Evelyn searched a pond in the county where they were arrested.

Angela Boswell told a judge in North Carolina that she wanted to go home and resolve the situation with her granddaughter, news outlets reported at the time. She was subsequently returned to the Sullivan County Jail a day before her daughter joined her there and arraigned on a theft charge.

Before Monday's hearing, bail for Megan Boswell was set at $25,000 after a judge rejected a request to lower it from her lawyer, who cited her lack of a previous criminal record. The lawyer waived a preliminary hearing and the case was sent to a grand jury, with her next appearance scheduled for early May.

Investigators with the TBI believed Evelyn's mother and grandmother had information about her whereabouts. The Amber Alert issued for Evelyn said she was last seen Dec. 26, but authorities said they weren't sure of the date because of the mother and grandmother's conflicting accounts.

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Authorities stressed that the investigation was ongoing and there was limited information to provide Friday. The identity of the property owner wasn’t revealed, and authorities didn’t indicate whether there have been any additional arrests or charges. The district’s attorney general, Barry Staubus, said authorities would evaluate the case once the investigation was complete.

“Based on what’s happened tonight, there’s a lot of work to be done: forensically and just old-fashioned investigative work,” Staubus said.

Rich Barak of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contributed to this report.