New search for clues launched about missing boy

LOS ANGELES The mother of a missing 5-year-old South Pasadena boy pleaded Wednesday for the public's help in finding her son, who was last seen almost a month ago.

Ana Estevez, at podium, the mother of Aramazd Andressian Jr., a 5-year-old boy who has been missing for several weeks from South Pasadena, Calif., joins law enforcement officials at a news conference outside the Hall of Justice in Los Angeles, Wednesday, May.

Authorities have been searching for the boy since April 22, efforts that have led to Orange County - where the boy was last seen at Disneyland - and Santa Barbara County, where he and his father, Aramazd Andressian, Sr., may have been spotted at Lake Cachuma Recreation Area.

Sheriff's officials say the father took prescription pills and was in a vehicle doused in gasoline.

The father was initially arrested on suspicion of child endangerment but later released.

Search dogs were being used alongside department members to search a two mile area of brush between Arroyo Park and the Arroyo Seco Golf Course for any evidence related to Andressian's disappearance following a recent tip, Sheriff's Department homicide Lt. Joe Mendoza said Thursday.

Andressian Sr. was found unconscious in a park and was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital April 22.

He said he and his family "are heartbroken and grief-stricken that Aramazd missing and may be in harm's way". The lieutenant didn't identify the drug and declined to say whose pills they were.

Mendoza said Andressian's statements have been inconsistent and misleading. The boy's father was later discovered unconscious at the park and the boy was nowhere to be found. His gray BMW had been doused with gasoline.

Her emotional plea came as detectives released new details in the investigation surrounding the boy's father, who was caring for the child at the time of the boy's disappearance.

When Andressian was released from custody, the sheriff's department said it had decided "not to present the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office for filing consideration at this time".

On Wednesday, the child's mother made a plea to the public for the return of her son. Investigators said he was the last person seen with the boy.

The last confirmed sighting of the child was about 1 a.m. April 21, after the boy and his father left Disneyland.

Estevez handed over her son to her estranged husband, Andressian Sr., during a custody exchange in Baldwin Park on April 15.

Authorities search a brush area of Arroyo Park on May 18, 2017.

A reward for information that helps officials find the boy has been doubled to $20,000 by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. He was last seen wearing a plaid shirt and plaid shorts and has a small mole on the bottom of his right shoulder.

  • Arturo Norris