Published: Tue, June 27, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Dad Of Missing 5-Year-Old California Boy Is Suspected Of Murder

Dad Of Missing 5-Year-Old California Boy Is Suspected Of Murder

The South Pasadena father of a missing 5-year-old boy spent almost 50 days socializing in Las Vegas since the boy disappeared and had become a flight risk, prompting authorities to arrest him last week, investigators said Monday.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office holds a conference Monday morning to discuss new information on the case of a missing 5-year-old Pasadena boy.

Investigators have been searching for 5-year-old Aramazd Andressian Jr. since his father was found passed out in a park in South Pasadena, California, on April 22.

This undated photo provided by the South Pasadena, Calif., Police Department shows Aramazd Andressian Sr.

Aramazd Andressian Jr. was last seen April 21.

Sheriff's Lt. Joe Mendoza said the arrest happened Friday because investigators believed Andressian Sr. was preparing to flee the country.

"My family and I are heartbroken and grief-stricken that Aramazd missing and may be in harm's way", the statement concludes. He declined to say what Andressian Sr. was doing there, but said he was "socializing".

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department will release more details on the case and its developments Monday, June 26th.

"I was at the park with my son, and then I found myself waking up in Huntington Memorial Hospital hours later." the statement said.

While cops have still not found the boy's body, investigators believe Aramazd Andressian Sr. took his life sometime around April 22, which is when the child was first reported missing, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.

The boy was last seen two days earlier, when his father and two relatives took him to Disneyland, deputies said.

Since that day, police departments and volunteers across Southern California have worked in tangent in a desperate but ultimately unsuccessful effort to bring 5-year-old Aramazd Andressian Jr. home.

Andressian Sr. had been found unconscious at Arroyo Park in South Pasadena later that morning; the boy was nowhere to be seen.

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office filed a murder charge against Andressian, 35, on Friday even though his son's body has not been found. Dist. Atty. He told authorities he'd taken prescription pills, and the auto had been doused in gasoline. Police continue to look for the body and want to search some more areas of Santa Barbara County.

Estevez has also spoken publicly, pleading for the public's help at a May news conference with law enforcement. They also executed a search warrant at the home of the mother of Andressian Montebello. Estevez said, speaking directly to her son. The arrest was made by officials with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, the Las Vegas police and the U.S. Marshals Service.

It is the district attorney's case that he killed his son as an act of revenge against the boy's mother, Ana Estevez. She said in a statement: "Piqui was everything great in my life, and I can not imagine the emptiness and void that I will bear until we are together again some day".

Andressian Sr. "has not been cooperative whatsoever" with investigators, and has told "untruths" during interviews, according to Mendoza. Anyone with information on the case was urged to call homicide detectives at 323-890-5500.

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