A desperate search for missing 8-year-old California boy went from hopeful to tragic on Thursday after officials announced that the child had been murdered, allegedly by his own father.
“It is with a heavy heart that the Corona Police Department must let our community know the missing child investigation regarding Noah McIntosh has been escalated to a homicide case,” the police department stated.
Bryce McIntosh, father of missing Noah, has been charged with his murder.
Meanwhile, the search for the child’s body continues.
“We would like to assure our community members our department has put all our efforts into locating Noah McIntosh while gathering the facts regarding his disappearance,” police stated. “Our search for Noah continues.”
On March 12, Noah’s mother, Jillian Godfrey contacted the police claiming that she had not been able to contact her son for almost two weeks. The next day a search warrant was served at Bryce McIntosh’s apartment.
“The evidence discovered provided detectives probable cause to arrest Bryce McIntosh and Jillian Godfrey for child abuse,” police stated.
Police then searched several locations in Temescal Valley, Aguanga and Murrieta. The result of those searches led them to believe Noah was dead.
“At the locations mentioned, we did collect trace evidence that leaves no doubt that Noah is a victim of a homicide, and that evidence was presented to the district attorney's office where the filing was made,” Corona Police Chief George Johnstone said at a press conference.
Godfrey has been arrested on child abuse charges, and her bail remains $500,000. She has not been charged in connection with the boy’s murder. In addition to being charged with first-degree murder, McIntosh has been charged with child abuse and torture.
If convicted on all charges, McIntosh would be eligible for the death penalty.
It’s not clear if either parent has attorneys that can speak on their behalf at this time.
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