Missing toddler's remains believed found in Tennessee

Evelyn Boswell / Photo from Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Remains believed to be that of a 15-month-old girl were found in Tennessee, ending the 17-day search across three states for a missing toddler, authorities said.

At a press conference Friday night, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Sullivan County Sheriff's Office said they believe they found the remains of Evelyn Mae Boswell 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.

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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.