CORONA, Calif. -- (KTLA) -- The disappearance of 8-year-old Corona boy Noah McIntosh is now considered a homicide case, although the boy's body has still not been found, and both parents have been charged, investigators announced at a news conference Thursday.
Noah's father, Bryce McIntosh, has been charged with first-degree murder, with a special circumstance of torture, prosecutors said.
Noah's body has not been located, but Corona Police Chief George Johnstone said traces of evidence have been found that "leave no doubt that Noah is the victim of a homicide."
In order to preserve the integrity of the investigation, authorities did not provide specific details.
Johnstone said the investigation led detectives to various locations throughout the county including Temescal Valley, Aguanga, and Murrieta, where further evidence was found.
"Today, we have filed in court a charge of first-degree murder against Mr. McIntosh. Additionally, we filed a special circumstance murder of torture," Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said. "That will make Mr. McIntosh, if he is convicted of all the charges, his punishment would be life without possibility of parole. It also does make him eligible for the death penalty."