Monday, February 24, 2020

Evelyn Boswell: Megan Boswell Statement

Megan Boswell is the mother of missing toddler, Evelyn. 

We first had a Facebook post from months ago:

"I'm not the best mom in the world, but I try so hard for this little beauty. You can say whatever you want about me being a young mom, but I promise you my life is so much better with this angel. My life wasn't ruined when I had her, she gave me a purpose and a reason to wake up every day and to better myself. There's no love like the love from your child!"

The analysis of the social media post is found here.  It indicates mental health issues (depression?), immaturity and possible substance abuse. 

It is consistent with language of Neglect. 

This is where a young mother may believe the child will bring her love and is surprised at how needy the child actually is. The child may even be viewed as a type of novelty to the immature, which, may have a sobering, difficult impact as the "novelty wears off" over time and exhaustion. 

Megan "Maggie" Boswell  has now spoken to media. 

Evelyn Boswell has been missing since December, but she wasn’t reported missing until Tuesday.

Media was there when Megan Boswell, who is Evelyn's mother, walked out of a court in Bristol. When she walked outside, she initially wouldn't talk to us. Now, she is speaking about the case.

Boswell says she didn’t contact police because she thought the person who she claims took her daughter would disappear.

"Well the reason I didn't report it or anything was I knew the person who had her, and I didn't want them to run away with her. And as soon as they thought anything was going on they just kinda vanished. So I'm just kinda worried, you know, about where they are at. What they're doing with her at this point in time."

She says that Evelyn was with a person she trusted to watch her daughter while she was at work. But Boswell says she cannot name that person.

The two people have been arrested.  The "person" not named appears to be Megan's mother.  

"In a way I knew that as soon as anything went down this person was going to disappear and they have. And they have tried to find them... They won't answer phone calls. They just kinda disappeared."

Was there discord between mother and grandmother? 

Is there substance abuse on the part of the grandmother? 

Boswell told media she'd do things differently if she is given a second chance.

"Yeah I probably would have called the first day. I should have. But I just didn't want them to run with her, like they have now."

Sullivan County Sheriff Jeff Cassidy said Boswell is involved in the investigation, but he says the information she has given them isn't accurate. 

The mental health issues, possible substance abuse and erraticism (instability) make the case very difficult for investigators. Is mother attempting to minimize or deceive them? Or is there possible mental health issues impacting recall?  We would need statements to discern.  

The case raises questions yet to be answered: 

Did the grandmother take the child to save the child from abuse/neglect or perceived abuse/neglect? 

Did the grandmother give her to someone else to keep authorities from finding her? 

Did the mother sell the child?

Did the grandmother sell the child?

Where is Evelyn? 


Any possible dealing with money is likely to be referred to as "adoption" and "adoption fee" by those involved in illegal trafficking.  The language is changed to reduce guilt.  

Maggie Boswell did make a statement, howbeit edited, in the news video, about Evelyn: 

Mother:  "She is a happy baby.  She hardly ever cries.  She wants to wave and talk to everybody. She walks funny.  She doesn't know how to pick her feet up." 

This is a positive linguistic disposition (LD) towards the child, though the media cut up the interview in its edit. The present tense language does not appear guarded (see video) in the sense of one choosing words carefully.  This suggests the mother believes the child is alive.  The brevity may preclude the mother from talking about Evelyn's needs, though immaturity may have the same effect. 

Mother presents as immature but does not, in this limited video, indicate knowledge of the baby's death. This can then be viewed in light of her use of the word "angel" from the past social media post.  

Could it, however,  have meant a different type of distancing language, such as custodial to the grandmother or a type of "adoption"?  

It is a subjective word and it was not written while the child was missing.  

The language of "she walks funny" may be immature language, rather than any type of negative description of the child.  (in context) 

The short video is here. 

If the child is found, we may hear accusations of abuse and neglect from the grandmother against the mother.  Mother may make accusations against the grandmother initially.  This often leads to the challenge of why she left her child in the care of the grandmother. 

That police have arrested the mother and a much younger male, but without locating the baby is very concerning. 

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Friday, February 21, 2020

Gannon Stauch: Mother Speaks

The natural resistance (denial) to accept anything less than a safe return, by a mother, is weakened over time, distance, context and news. 

Here, the mother of Gannon Stauch, missing since 27 January, 2020, speaks and indicates the internal struggle of the natural maternal instinct. 

Time will slowly wear away the optimism but so does distance. 

Having not had full custody of him for the past two years will lessen the resistance --also naturally.  Not being the one to see him every morning means not seeing any challenge, risk or even danger (riding his bike in the street) that the child may experience.  This is a natural psychological distancing that takes place. Some will use the word, "that" to describe their child, when there is geographical distance.  It does not necessarily mean a lack of emotional closeness or affection.  

"Oh, I miss that girl!" uses the word "that" when there is some form of distance between the subject and the girl.  This could be psychological distance (poor relationship) but more commonly, it may be something a grandparent might say when the granddaughter moves across the country.  We flag the distancing language, but do not make a conclusion without exploration. 

You'll note some distancing language and the wearing down of denial in the mother's statement. 

"You have anger. You have so many feelings. I have so many feelings I've never felt before," Landon Hiott 

note the distancing "you" before the change to the stronger, "I" here. 

It may be that she wishes to distance herself from "anger" in context. 

What anger? 

Likely the step mother's statements and the video that shows her leave with Gannon, but come back without him.  

Why might she want to distance herself from the anger?

"You have so many feelings" continues the psychological ("feelings" and "anger") distancing. 

She lets us know that what she is feeling, she is unfamiliar with: 

"I have so many feelings I've never felt before." 

The media report fills in the information for us, though without a direct quote: 

Hiott said the circumstances of the investigation and the bad weather have made it even more difficult.

Next, we see the struggle in the language. This may be what she wants to believe in spite of the "circumstances of the investigation" and the cold, snowy weather: 

"The more time that goes by, if he did wander off, whatever happened, how can you ... it's snowing and you have them looking in snow and sifting through snow, you can't help but have bad thoughts come in," she said.

She psychologically distances herself (emotion) from both the weather and the option offered ("if").  This is not something she is able to immediately accept. 

Hiott did not comment on the footage or Stauch, but said that "when you're trying to hold it together and you hear those stories, you hear people talk about it, it's hard to hold it in sometimes."

She distances herself from the possibility that the step mother caused her son's disappearance.  It is, even after this much time, too much to bear. 

She said she maintains restraint only because she doesn't want to hinder the investigation and have "another day added to me not seeing my boy."

She did not comment on the step mother, instead trusting in the police and called Gannon "my" (possessive pronoun) boy. 

Does she believe, even as she entertained, that he may have wandered off?

She said she is confident her son would never run away.

"100% without a shadow of doubt, my boy would not run away,

Now we see the struggle. 

She would prefer that he ran off or wandered away to the alternative. 

Yet, in spite of declining to talk about Tee Stauch, the step mother, she has read or heard the step mother's words and knows exactly what the step mother was communicating: blaming her son. 

Hiott said. She also resents the notion that he may have somehow brought this on himself:

"For it to be said that he has behavioral issues, and it to be blamed on him, that's what makes me sick about this. ... It is not Gannon's fault. He is a child," she said.

She knew the step mother blamed Gannon in the rambling social media posts. 

She struggles to maintain optimism (note the present tense "is") and the reference to Gannon as a "child", which often indicates risk. 

The passivity in the statement is appropriate in context---she declined to talk about the step mother.  

The struggle against time, weather and what the step mother has written and said, is in the language: 

"This is the longest time I have not heard his voice. The only thing I can do is keep playing videos back and forth," she said through sobs.

When her two other children -- an 8-year-old and 18-month-old -- ask where Gannon is, she wishes she could have answer.

"'Where's Bubba? Is he coming home?'" she said her kids have asked her. "Only thing I can say is, 'I hope so.'"

Had the step mother not made the posts and interview, as well as the surveillance video emerging, the answer, "I hope so" would have likely been "yes!" naturally from a mother, in spite of custodial distance. 

Analysis Conclusion:

The mother's priority has been and is Gannon--here it is maintaining hope for Gannon against an increasing tide of pessimism. 

The struggle is revealed in the language. 

The distancing language, in larger and smaller context, is appropriate distance. The custodial distance (of the last two years) likely only increases the suffering and guilt of the innocent mother. 

She takes "ownership" of him, struggles with her own instincts versus knowledge, and strains to not publicly speak about Tecia Stauch.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Missing 15 Month old Evelyn Mae Boswell


 15-month-old Evelyn Mae Boswell is missing, last seen December 26th, but not reported missing until Feb. 18. 

"The child's mother, Megan "Maggie" Boswell, has been involved in the investigation along with the father, Ethan Perry, who is active duty in the military, stationed in Louisiana," the sheriff's office said. 

On Sept. 6, Megan Boswell wrote a post on social media, more than 3 months before the child was last seen. 

"I'm not the best mom in the world, but I try so hard for this little beauty. You can say whatever you want about me being a young mom, but I promise you my life is so much better with this angel. My life wasn't ruined when I had her, she gave me a purpose and a reason to wake up every day and to better myself. There's no love like the love from your child!"

Ethan Perry posted on his Facebook. 

"I'm currently working with authorities trying to find Evelyn. I can't say much more than that at the moment. If anybody knows anything please message me."

Here is the mother's post again, with emphasis added over some concerns that warrant exploration: 

"I'm not the best mom in the world, but I try so hard for this little beauty. You can say whatever you want about me being a young mom, but I promise you my life is so much better with this angel. My life wasn't ruined when I had her, she gave me a purpose and a reason to wake up every day and to better myself. There's no love like the love from your child!"

We do not have the complete context for the statement. 

The subject begins with what is "not" (negative) and she allows criticism of herself ("you can say what you want about me being a young mom..."). 

She "promises" that her life is better and tells us her life "wasn't" ruined when she had her. 

She wrote that the birth gave her reason to wake up and to better herself.  This is the language of depression and may be linked to substance abuse. 

Calling her an "angel" is, in context, very concerning.  

The obvious question: Has Evelyn become an "angel"? needs to be explored regarding what pressure or burden, real or perceived, the mother felt, in caring for the child. 

Did the mother think that the child would be better off in heaven? Was this a fleeting thought? 
Was this a thought that she entertained? 

The use of negatives here (twice) elevates importance. 

Not being the "best mom"  is a difficult (and concerning) admission. There is a natural sense that no one can be a better mother than me, as if by comparison. This admission of not being the "best mom" is very likely a form of minimization due to the natural resistance and instinct of a mother. 

Generally from a mother this should cause investigators to explore Neglect.  

Her life "wasn't ruined"--- did she once believe that to be the case? Did others tell her this?  

This may indicate a struggle at the time the child was born. 

Also, elevated in importance, investigators will explore, via the interview, the possible mental health issues, including depression, sense of isolation, morbid introspection and a feeling of being overwhelmed, within the mother. 

In the interview, a specific trigger of stress should be sought, just prior to the last time the child was seen (Christmas), to learn if something pushed the mother or father and/or anyone close to the child. 

Mother's post indicates depression and a young mother dealing with  responsibility and guilt. 

 Is it related to the child's disappearance? 

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Gannon Stauch: Change of Language: "Gannon" and "G"

The following was submitted by a law enforcement analyst. 

A brief introduction first--

the analyst is doing a single "snap shot" of the step mother's statement: Change of language. 

Language does not change on its own, but signifies a change of reality for the subject. 

For example: "My car broke down on I 95.  I got the vehicle towed to a service station."

You'll notice that the "car" turned into a "vehicle"--- context is key. 

We look for a justifiable or observable change in reality.  When it was being towed, it became a "vehicle"-- the driver (subject, speaker) will not pick up his "vehicle" but once it is working again, it will revert to being his "car." 

When we view social introductions and names, it is also context specific. 

The step mother of a boy she cared for should use the possessive pronoun "my"--- just as the Solomonic instinct is viewed in other cases. 

"We have a kidnapping" Patsy Ramsey ---this is contrary to the natural instinct of a mother to take personal possession of her young daughter while missing. Instead, Patsy used "we", sharing not ownership of the victim, but what she is dealing with. This can be further reviewed here at the blog or at the You Tube video.  

Tecia Stauch did not use the possessive pronoun "my" in the statements I have thus far reviewed.  

Here is the analyst's observations on the name change from "Gannon" to "G"--- 

We expect (natural) that "Gannon" could revert to a nickname, term of endearment, or shorter abbreviation.  It is when it is reversed that we find an increase in importance. "My son, Robert..." becomes "Bob" or "Bobby" naturally.  This is shorter and informal.  Should the writer return to "Robert", we must take notice.  

The name to nickname may also reveal the parent:

"Bobby loves to play and is in Little League.  Robert's grades are excellent."

Here, we find the reverse, from nickname to formal which the context reveals which activity is more important to the parent---school. 

Kids have long understood what it means when their parent uses their first name and middle name...attention needed.  

This professional is not associated with the case. 


"Saturday Night, G was helping me unload in the garage and cut his foot because there are a lot of tools because Albert does woodworking."
A couple of points: 

1.  Gannon vs. G

'Gannon' is used when he is being held up as the example we should strive for or when Gannon is safe and loved: 

1. praying endlessly to bring Gannon home safe.  Loved and cherished

2. To Gannon, please come home soon because your daddy is waiting to watch the new Sonic movie that comes out this week and the cool shirt I got you to wear to the theatre is in your closet. 

Loved and cherished

3. Let’s Do what Gannon would do. Be Kind to one another! an example to us all

4. Gannon would want everyone to get along and to focus on finding him. loved and cherished, an example of cooperation, etc

It changes to 'G' --- is this the common law of economy or has  Tecia's reality has changed in a manner not yet explained contextually: 

1. I would like to think that overall most people are genuine and want to do everything in their power to find G. 
followed by 

2. With that being sad, Please take a step back for a moment and let me explain to you a few details that were not released. 

Here's the change in reality: with that being said, there are other details pertaining to "G" that are by Tecia's own language not related to the loved and cherished Gannon, or the fine example set by Gannon; but pertain to this other person (in her verbalized perception of reality) of  whom we now know as 'G'

She wants to think that people would like to find "G"--- not that she thinks it, but "would like to..." 

'sad' vice 'said' - typo or leakage?

If the change to G occurred after the second sentence, that would be a suitable explanation; first we're talking about 'Gannon' the loved, cherished, and admirable then we're moving to what might be called the 'rest of the story' where the 'details that were not released' might alter Tecia's reality where Gannon, now 'G', is concerned.  

In a off-handed way, this is out of order information; not from a narrative perspective but from word choice as reflects reality.  This may suggest  that Tecia's perception of 'G' as shown in the perceived reality of her language has been 'G' from the start of this statement, which suggests a level of subterfuge as she presents us with 'Gannon', only to turn the corner to introduce us to 'G'

The first use of 'G' comes in the context of everyone's 'power' being directed towards finding him, which causes me to conclude matters related to his return or discovery (wherebouts, condition, who he's with, what he might tell authorities. etc) are sensitive to Tecia.  I don't have an opinion on whether Tecia caused his disappearance or harmed him in the context of the disappearance, only that this is sensitive territory for her.  It may be that his return would highlight her neglect or poor parenting, whether by his condition or by his actual words when interviewed. It also could signal that her treatment of him (as seen/heard in the video) caused him to leave the home. 

Use of the word 'power' might indicate her perception of the relationship she had with Gannon. 

 Perhaps he was difficult and a constant challenge to her power as a step-parent or adult. The power to impress your will on another?  

I'd need to see more information from her concerning her verbalized reality of their relationship. That she would characterize the efforts of those looking for Gannon in terms of 'power' warrants further exploration.  

Then we get to the next sentence: 

"Saturday Night, G was helping me unload in the garage and cut his foot because there are a lot of tools because Albert does woodworking."

1.  She doesn't state he cut his foot on a tool;   we are meant to infer this as the cause of the injury. This may speaks of self-preservation; she needs to provide context for an injury that absolves her of bad parenting or abuse or neglect; it was an accident because of the tools, which subtly also blames Albert. 

2.  Her level of sensitivity here is extreme; "because' appears twice in the same sentence.  She twice articulates the presence of tools; they are there on the floor, and they are there on the floor because Albert does woodworking.  She does not state the tools caused his injury. 

This is important to note. 

3.  Here he's not the angelic idealized 'Gannon'; he's the 'G' involved in the few details that were not released; the one who's connected with the concept of  'power'
An injury sustained by 'Gannon' would be accidental and unintentional; with an injury to 'G' we must understand contextually, per her own personal dictionary, it connotes impatience, frustration, etc.  all the normal things that come with dealing with an 11 year old boy from time to time.  

If Gannon bled in the garage, the police would likely find it and want an explanation. Tecia is anticipating the possibility of having to account for an injury on Gannon that would explain the shedding of blood.  This would suggest she anticipates him being found at some point, whether dead or alive.

Could this be why she stated online that an "accident" had taken place? 

Note it is my assumption that at this point in the investigation, police would have already searched her home and if there was blood found, would have already questioned her about it.  

As she doesn't explicitly state 'G' was injured by a tool or that he actually bled in the first place, Tecia may be preparing to account for an injury on Gannon's body, whether on his foot or somewhere else.  She hoping it will have been plausibly explained in her statement and as such, authorities will just move on past it.  

According to Tecia, we have a house with two adults and an 11 year old boy living in it.  The house is surrounded by a fence, the fence has a gate; the gate is lockable and the lock is actuated by a key.  The only key to the gate is maintained by the minor child in the house who, least more than twice, has gone to the gate in the context of being 'injured' in some way in the presence Tecia, after being bandaged up and deemed 'good to go'.  Very alerting. 

At the end we have a return to "Gannon"

That can be scanned for actual time verification. Last, from day one the Sheriff's office has known a description of the person/friend whom Gannon left with. 

Here we have Tecia actually characterizing the individual who potentially has her missing and unaccounted for stepson as a 'friend'. 

Friend of hers or friend of Gannon?

Gender Neutral noted. 

'a' description, not 'the' description of the person/friend. 

 Is she minimizing her knowledge, or her personal opinion, of who this person/friend is or might be?

If she is able to qualify this individual as a 'friend', then she has to have some idea who it is.  

Why is she holding back? 

Why the gender neutral? 

This language shows a neutral to positive linguistic disposition (protection of identity) towards the purportedly unknown person who has her stepson, who himself is in God-knows what condition, if he's alive at all.  

Per her own personal dictionary, her use of 'Gannon' vice 'G' indicates in her perception, 'Gannon' is presently safe with this person/friend and is actually better off that when he was 'G' with her. 

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Faye Swetlik 911 Call

Analysis of the emergency call to report missing 6 year old Faye Swetlik. 


The 911 (or 999) call is the first interview of an investigation. 

We hold to the expectation that the subject (caller) will:

1. Show priority of the victim; not self. 
2. Work with the operator (police) to facilitate the flow of information.  

It is, in a sense, an 'excited utterance' of an interview.  

3. Context Appropriate:  the caller is the biological mother. See Solomon for maternal instinct engaged. 

This should be compared to Patsy Ramsey's 911 call. 

 Lexington county 911 what's the address of your emergency? 

Mom: 16 Londberry Square,  I need to report a missing child. 

a. She answers the question
b. She uses the pronoun "I"
c. Her priority is to report a "missing child" -- She does not wait for another question, "What is the emergency?" but goes to her priority. 

Lexington PD: Repeat that address for clarification 

Mom: 16 Londonberry Square Cayce

SC Lexington PD: Okay, tell me exactly what's happening. 

Mom: We can't find my daughter. She was playing outside and now I can't find her. 

Here the mother begins with "we" which cause us to ask, "Who is also looking for her daughter?"

Note next "my" daughter uses possessive pronoun "my" which is expected.  

After introducing "my", not "our" daughter, the subject continues on this vein with:

"I can't find her", which is very strong. 

Lexington PD: How old is she? 

Mom: She is 6, she will be 7 in June. 

Lexington PD: I'm gonna stay on the line with you so you, so I'm gonna get Cayce PD on the line too, so don't hang up, okay? 

Cayce PD: Cayce 911 is your emergency police, fire, or medical? 

Hey Cayce, this is Lexington. I've got a lady at 16 Londonberry Square. Her 6-year-old was in the front yard and she can't find her now. 

Cayce PD: Alright, hold on. What's the number? Lexington PD: 16 Londonberry Square. I have her phone number and I'm going to stay on the line so it doesn't get disconnected. 

Cayce PD: you're on the line with Cayce, go ahead. What's your son's name? 

Mom: My daughter's name is Faye Swetlik

here we do not flag the pronoun "my" as above, because the PD used the pronoun "your" in the question. It does not negate its use, but it is influenced by the question.  

Cayce PD: What was she wearing? 

Mom: She was wearing polka-dotted rain boots, a flowered skirt (pink rose skirt), a black t-shirt that has a neon design on it. 

note the willingness to give details. This is expected in a helpful caller. 

Cayce PD: How long has she been gone? 

Mom: Last I saw her probably about an hour ago. 

Caller is taking this very personally.  This is expected from a biological mother. 

Cayce PD: How tall is she? 

Mom: She is 3 ft 10 

Cayce PD: How much does she weigh? 

Mom: 65 pounds

Cayce PD: Stay on the phone with me do not hang up. What's your name? 

Mom: My name is [redacted] 

Cayce PD: You last saw her in the front yard, you didn't see which way she went or anything like that? 

Mom: No, she was right in front of my front porch. 

Compare this language to the released statement by the family which was analyzed.  

Cayce PD: Okay, does she have a cell phone? 

Mom: No 

Cayce PD: Have you walked around and tried to locate her? 

Mom: Yes ma'am

Cayce PD: Okay, here's what I want you to do. I want you to stay in your yard, Okay? We have a unit out that has a dog just in case we need to track her, okay? We don't need you walking if you can stay close to the last place she was. 

Cayce PD: Do you have any idea where she would go? Have you looked in the back yard? 

Mom: Yes ma'am. I checked all the houses in my neighborhood and anybody that's actually answered is out looking for her too. 

Strong response, beyond the word, "yes"-- this indicates priority. 

Note also the additional info:  "and" with the information that followed it.  

She facilitated a search party.  

Cayce PD: Did she have a dog or anything with her? 

Mom: No. 

Cayce PD: Okay, my officer will be there in just a few minutes. 

Analysis Conclusion:

Veracity Indicated

The mother's priority is finding her daughter. 

She is truthful and she is helpful, going beyond the boundary of some questions in order to support her priority.  

The point of sensitivity is the emphasis of location.  

It is unknown who wrote the family statement, but the author's  sensitivity of location is consistent with the released family statement.