New search for clues launched about missing boy

Alvin Kelly
May 19, 2017

They said a new tip - the only credible tip they've gotten recently in the investigation - led them to search the park again, after scouring it shortly following the boy's disappearance. Authorities declined to elaborate on the nature of that tip. Lt. Joe Mendoza of the Sheriff's Department told the Times that, as a month has passed since the first search, "maybe there's different scents that are available".

Estevez told reporters during a news conference in Los Angeles Wednesday morning that she believed her son was missing his family and wants to come home.

Los Angeles County sheriff's officials have been searching for Aramazd Andressian Jr. since his father was found unconscious in a park on April 22. According to the the Sheriff's Department, Andressian Sr. was unable to account for his son's whereabouts and provided statements that were "convoluted and not consistent".

Meanwhile, the boy's father, who had been held in lieu of $10-million bail after being arrested on suspicion of child endangerment and child abduction, was released from custody.

Detectives revealed Wednesday that the father acknowledged taking prescription pills and was found in a vehicle doused with gasoline, alongside a pack of matches.

Additionally, detectives alleged that the inside of his auto was doused with gasoline and there were matches in his vehicle. "There are no words to described how devastated and heartbroken I am".

"My son's disappearance is my worst nightmare", she said, adding that she thinks Aramazd is still alive.

The search for the boy has spanned several Southern California counties, including Santa Barbara, where authorities searched last Tuesday in the Lake Cachuma Recreation Area where the boy may have been with his father on April 21.

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After being taken into custody, Aramazd Andressian Sr. was released due to a lack of evidence, authorities said.

Police are not saying whether they believe Andressian may have been acting suicidal on April 21 - the day before his son was to be dropped off - but they said there is no evidence to suggest he was about to set the vehicle on fire.

A reward for information that helps officials find the boy has been doubled to $20,000 by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

"In one moment, I was at the park with my son, and then I found myself waking up in Huntington Memorial Hospital hours later". Aramazd Andressian Jr., was last seen leaving Disneyland with his father on April 20. The boy's father was later discovered unconscious at the park and the boy was nowhere to be found. "Not locating him (at the park) is obviously something of a relief and it creates optimism in our investigation", Mendoza said. "I can only speculate that I must have been attacked in the park, given my unresponsive state and subsequent physical condition".

Bloodhounds combed Arroyo Seco Park at least twice before today, and Sierra Madre's search-and-rescue team and the San Gabriel and San Marino police departments joined the search. He was released three days later when investigators didn't present a case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Estevez last saw her son during a Skype video call made from an undisclosed location, authorities said.

The child is 4 feet 1 inches tall and 55 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a turquoise shirt and plaid shorts or a gray-and-white-striped shirt with gray sweatpants.

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