Noah McIntosh's body has not been found. Authorities believe he was killed between March 3-4, 2019.
Jillian Godfrey called police to check on her 8-year-old son Noah at the boy's father's apartment in the city of Corona on March 12, 2019. She said Noah had been missing for days after she had dropped the boy off at Bryce McIntosh's apartment.
Corona officers and FBI agents determined that McIntosh's cellphone had been in an area of southwest Riverside County in early March 2019. Authorities searched the area and found a paper with the words “Noah M” on it, a trash can, latex gloves, empty bottles of drain cleaner and a plastic trash bag with residue inside consistent with blood. Sheriff's K-9s alerted to the inside of the trash can and the plastic bag. Another search conducted in the Temescal Canyon area located other items of evidence.
Plumbers who were part of the search of McIntosh's apartment told investigators the bathtub drain trap was "cleaner than a normal trap should been given the age of the building," the D.A.'s Office said.
Filed court documents allege Bryce McIntosh purchased two pairs of long-cuffed gloves, 24-inch bolt cutters, four gallons of muriatic acid and a bottle of drain opener from a Home Depot store on March 4, the day the child's mother said she last saw him.
A detective said Godfrey changed her story later on in an interview, saying she last saw Noah on March 2, and not March 4. Godfrey reportedly said she saw McIntosh take Noah into a bathroom on March 2 and heard the child ask the father why he was hurting him, according to a detective. She said when she left McIntosh's home that day, the child was still in the bathroom. Authorities also searched the mother's phone and found notes where Godfrey was documenting the father's abuse, according to detectives.