As the days turn into weeks, the search for missing eight-year-old Noah McIntosh has intensified. Police say they have ramped up their efforts to locate the little Corona, California boy who wasn’t even reported missing until several days after anyone last saw him.
Noah’s mother, Jillian Godfrey, notified police on March 12th that she was concerned about Noah because she hadn’t seen her son in quite a while.
Noah had reportedly been staying with his father, Bryce McIntosh, who would not let her in to see their son.
Police interviewed relatives who say they do not know where the little boy is. Godfrey’s parents told KTLA:
‘Godfrey called police on Tuesday night and asked them to check on Noah after the child's father wouldn't let her see him.”
Authorities made several attempts to reach Mr. McIntosh at his residence, but they were unable to get him to respond. “They believe he was inside the home at the time.”
Then, after obtaining a search warrant, Police S.W.A.T. officers entered McIntosh’s home but did not find the boy. Only McIntosh and his 11-year-old daughter were present.
During the course of their search, officers were able to gather enough information to arrest both McIntosh, 32, and Godfrey, 36.
According to Corona Officer, Tobias Kouroubacalis, "Information was … presented to us that led us to believe the child abuse was occurring to Noah over a certain time period. I don’t know what that time period is.
“So the detectives believe that they had probable cause to arrest both parents for child abuse.”
Officer Kouroubacalis did not give any details about what evidence they obtained that implicates the mother and father of little Noah.
On Friday, both parents were booked on suspicion of 'felony willful harm to a child.' The District Attorney for Riverside County has not yet decided if formal charges will be filed.
In the meantime, bail has been set at $1,000,000 for McIntosh and $500,000 for Godfrey.
“Noah was NEVER reported missing by his parents. Police acted on a tip that he was at risk. His parents were subsequently arrested on suspicion of child abuse. Noah has not been found.”
Corona Police are asking for the public’s help in the ongoing search. They ask if anyone has any information about Noah’s whereabouts to please contact Senior Detective Mario Hernandez.
He can be reached by phone at 951-279-3659 or by email at Mario.Hernandez@CoronaCA.gov.
Corona is in western Riverside County, approximately 45 miles east of Los Angeles.
Please say a prayer for Noah’s safe return.