LA-area father arrested on suspicion of killing missing son

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Members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department were busy searching Arroyo Seco Park in South Pasadena for a 5-year-old missing for more than a month.

Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey filed a murder charge against Andressian Sr. of South Pasadena last week.

Aramazd Andressian, 35, was booked Friday afternoon on $10 million bail at the Clark County Detention Center on an out-of-state murder warrant, Metro said.

A $20,000 reward has been offered by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for information that helps authorities locate the child, who is white, with brown hair and brown eyes and a small mole on the bottom of his right shoulder. The #father is under suspicion of murdering his 5-year-old son Aramazd Andressian Jr.

The boy's body has never been found.

The investigation included several weeks of surveillance in which Andressian "consistently" changed his appearance and acted in a manner inconsistent with the behavior of a grieving parent, Sheriff's Homicide Bureau Lt. Joe Mendoza said. He told authorities he'd taken prescription pills, and the auto had been doused in gasoline.

Andressian Sr. was found later that morning, unconscious in a South Pasadena park. Aramazd Andressian Sr. will appear in a Las Vegas court on Tuesday for an extradition hearing.

The motive is believed to be the "tumultuous divorce" that Andressian Sr. and his then-wife were going through at the time, according to Mendoza.

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Andressian told investigators he had ingested a prescription medication that wasn't his own that morning, deputies said. Sheriff's officials say the father took prescription pills and was in a auto doused in gasoline.

In a statement shared by the Sheriff's Department, Estevez thanked investigators and the community for all the concern they've shown for her son, who goes by the nickname "Piqui". The vehicle was doused in gasoline and there was a rag sticking out of the gas tank.

Authorities, they said, had been surveilling Andressian while he was in Las Vegas "socializing" for a total of 47 days since the boy disappeared.

"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, Ana Estevez, said in a statement released by the sheriff's department. She expressed great sorrow at the conclusion that her son is nearly certainly dead. The boy's mother said her estranged husband failed to drop off the child at a pre-arranged spot.

"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", she said.

The body of Aramazd Andressian Jr. has not been found and investigators would not release specific details of what led to the filing of the murder charge, but said there is strong circumstantial evidence in the case to prove the boy was killed by his father, Aramazd Andressian Sr.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the sheriff's Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.

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