Corona police chief George Johnstone announced at a press conference that the efforts to find Noah McIntosh life had shifted to a murder investigation.
The search for the missing 8-year-old boy from California took a turn for the worse on Thursday, after authorities announced murder and torture against his father.
Corona police chief George Johnstone announced at a press conference that the efforts to find Noah McIntosh life had changed in a search for remains.
“It is unfortunate and with a heavy heart that I must let the community know that the missing child investigation with regard to Noah McIntosh has now escalated to a murder case.”
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On March 12, police received a call from Jillian Godfrey, 36, Noah’s mother, asks the authorities to perform a welfare check on her son, after she was unable to contact him for almost two weeks. The police tried to contact Bryce McIntosh, the father of the boy, in his home on Temescal Canyon Road, but were not successful.
Prosecutor Michael Hestrin announced that Bryce McIntosh, 32, was charged with first-degree murder. Jillian Godfrey, 36, was not charged in the boy’s death, but is faced with a child endangering charges
The next day, after obtaining a search warrant, investigators discovered evidence within McIntosh’s residence that they the arrest of both parents on child abuse charges.
“It makes no sense that the parents of an 8-year-old child would not know where he is now or be able to give us the specific details of when he last seen or where he last was,” Johnstone said.
The case turned into a homicide investigation after the police searched several locations in Temescal Valley, Aguanga, and Murrieta that led to the faith Noah was dead.
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“At the locations mentioned, we did collect trace evidence that leaves no doubt that Noah is a victim of a murder, and that evidence was presented to the district attorney’s office, where the application was submitted.”
Noah McIntosh, 8, was reported missing on March 12. The following day the police discovered the evidence of his father’s apartment that led to the arrest of both parents.
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Prosecutor Michael Hestrin announced that despite not having found Noah’s remains, his father, 32, was charged with first-degree murder and special circumstance murder or torture.
If convicted, McIntosh could face a life sentence without the possibility of parole and would be eligible for the death penalty. He is set to be arraigned on Monday.
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Godfrey has not been charged in the death of her son, but is faced with a child endangering; her bail is set at $500,000.
The police says Noah’s father has refused to cooperate, and that Godfrey offered little information about the young boys place of residence. Noah has an 11-year-old sister, but police wouldn’t say if they would serve as a witness.