SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. (WAND) - Authorities in Tennessee have issued an Amber Alert for a 15-month-old girl who was last seen in late December.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations said on Friday they are seeking a gray 2007 BMW because “individuals traveling” in the car “have information regarding Evelyn Boswell’s whereabouts,” the agency said.
The child’s name has been added to the state’s database of missing children on Tuesday with a notation: “Evelyn was entered as a missing child on Tuesday February 18, 2020 but was reportedly last seen on December 26, 2019."
Evelyn is about 2 feet tall and weighs 28 pounds. She was last seen wearing a pink tracksuit, pink shoes, and a pink bow, officials in Sullivan County say.
It’s not clear why it took so long to report her missing.
"We realize that some may question why an Amber Alert has not been issued for the child," the sheriff's office said earlier this week in a statement to WCYB, an NBC affiliate in nearby Bristol, Virginia. "Criteria for issuing an Amber Alert are established by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and this case does not meet the criteria for an Amber Alert to be issued."
The bureau on Thursday responded to a Twitter user who questioned why nearly two months went by before Evelyn was reported missing.
"This is a complicated case, and we appreciate your questions," the agency tweeted in response. "However, we aren’t in a position to talk about everything we know about the case publicly. Right now, our primary focus is finding Evelyn. We are working diligently to determine what happened to her."
The Sullivan County sheriff announced he is donating $1,000 of his own personal money to act as a reward for information leading to Evelyn.