Sheriff: Man killed missing son, 5, after Disneyland trip

Gwen Vasquez
June 27, 2017

Mendoza said Andressian Sr. has spent the last 47 days in Las Vegas.

The search then expanded from Los Angeles County to Santa Barbara County, with more than 200 law enforcement officers working the case. However, homicide investigators secured a murder filing from the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office after assessment of evidence. Investigators believed Andressian was planning to leave the US and flee to a country that does not have an extradition agreement with the USA, but McDonnell declined to name that country.

Sheriff's officials have not provided specifics on any new evidence explaining the suspect's latest arrest.

The child was reported missing on April 22 by his mother after her ex-husband failed to return the boy at a scheduled custody transfer, authorities said. Jackie Lacey said her office has successfully prosecuted murder cases without a body and that she was confident there was strong evidence that Andressian "committed this frightful crime". If convicted, he could face up to 25 years in prison. Although police have not recovered a body, officials at the briefing said they were confident the evidence they gathered was enough for a murder charge.

Andressian's attorney, Daniel Nardoni, has said his client 'is adamant that he never harmed his son Aramazd and is innocent of the charges.

Aramazd Jr. was last seen with his father leaving Disneyland at 1 a.m. on April 20th. Mendoza said the man was under surveillance and his behavior did not resemble that of a grieving father's. The toddler, however, was not with his father at that time.

Sheriff: Man killed missing son, 5, after Disneyland trip

Andressian Sr. "has not been cooperative whatsoever" with investigators, and has told "untruths" during interviews, according to Mendoza. Andressian claimed he had no memory of what had happened but said he suspected he had been attacked after he took his son to the park the day he vanished. Sheriff's officials said Andressian had taken prescription pills and was found in a vehicle doused in gasoline.

The department said in a statement that 35-year-old Aramazd Andressian Sr. was arrested on Friday, June 23, 2017, in Las Vegas and is being held there on $10 million bail. He was released after investigators decided not to move forward with charges. Police served search warrants at his South Pasadena home, as well as at the homes of other family members.

It was his only public comment on the boy's disappearance.

"I will continue to believe my son is alive until (he is) found", she said. Authorities have offered a $20,000 reward for information about his disappearance.

In a statement read Monday by Bergner, the boy's mother thanked investigators and volunteers who worked on the case.

'My heart is shattered and I will miss my son immensely each and every second of every day for the rest of my life, ' the boy's mother said in a statement released by the sheriff's department.

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