Father of missing boy arrested, accused of murder

Father of missing boy arrested, accused of murder

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

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau detectives arrested 35-year-old Aramazd Andressian Sr. of South Pasadena about 1 p.m.in Las Vegas on suspicion of the murder Aramazd Andressian Jr. He faces extradition to Los Angeles County.

"After reviewing all of the evidence in this case, homicide investigators presented the facts to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office and obtained a murder filing against the suspect", Medrano said in a written statement.

Detectives on Friday arrested the father of a 5-year-old South Pasadena boy, who's been missing for two months, on suspicion of the child's murder, authorities said. "I always used to see him in the backyard with his grandpa and his grandma and his mom, and I'd always hear him laughing and stuff, and now it's like everybody's sad next door", said Godinez.

First, police dogs searched the park where Andressian was found unconscious. Authorities contend Andressian Sr. has spent the last 47 days in the Las Vega area, modifying his appearance and believed he would fly to a country where he could not be extradited.

Andressian Sr. "has not been cooperative whatsoever" with investigators, and has told "untruths" during interviews, according to Mendoza. The boy's mother reported that Andressian Sr. did not bring their son back during a planned custody exchange, CNN reported.

Investigators have conducted an exhaustive search for the boy, including twice traveling to Lake Cachuma and the Santa Ynez Valley, where the father is believed to have traveled on the day after the child disappeared.

"We have not come up with any science that his son had been there with him", Mendoza told reporters.

Investigators have said that Andressian had provided authorities with "inconsistent" and "misleading" statements. A pedestrian had found him unconscious next to his vehicle at a South Pasadena park and called police. His gray 2004 BMW sedan was found nearby with its interior and exterior doused with gasoline.

The boy is still missing and the search has now crossed county and state lines.

Andressian Sr.'s attorney could not be reached for comment late Friday. The deputies were seen taking computer equipment from the home.

Officials and volunteers scoured every place the man and son were known to have visited, including Arroyo Seco Park. A dive team searched for clues around the lake. Before their statements Monday, sheriff's officials had said witnesses reported seeing the boy with his father there.

"I will continue to believe my son is alive until (he is) found", she said. "My heart is shattered and I will miss my son immensely each and every second of every day for the rest of my life". Picqui was everything great in my life, and I can not imagine the emptiness and the void that I will bear until we are together again someday.


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