LA-area father arrested on suspicion of killing missing son

Authorities in Las Vegas Friday arrested a Southern California man accused of killing his son, who's been missing two months, according to Metro Police.

No futher details were released Friday regarding the arrest of Andressian Sr.

35, was taken into custody at about 1 Las Vegas, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. He faces extradition to Los Angeles County. They said they had presented evidence in the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office and obtained a murder filing against the suspect.

The Sheriff's Department has been mostly silent on the case since serving a search warrant at the home of Andressian Sr.'s mother almost a month ago.

This undated photo provided by the South Pasadena, Calif., Police Department shows Aramazd Andressian Sr.

Andressian Sr.'s estranged wife reported her son missing after his father did not drop the boy off as scheduled. Officials have not said whether they found the boy's remains or what evidence led to the arrest.

His son, Aramadz Andressian Jr., was last seen April 20 with his father, who was initially detained on suspicion of child endangerment and abduction but released for lack of evidence.

Earlier this month, police searched a recreational area in Santa Barbara County after a tip that the father and son had been spotted there April 21, the South Pasadena Star News reported. A second search of the Arroyo and the June 10th search of Lake Cachuma yielded no additional findings.

Arroyo Park was also searched a second time on May 18 by search-and-rescue crews, a scent and cadaver dog, and a drone, but nothing was found during the hourslong effort.

No other details were immediately provided about the arrest, which was a coordinated effort between the Sheriff's Department Homicide, L.A. County Sheriff's Major Crimes Bureau Fugitive Taskforce, Las Vegas police, and the United States Marshals Service, the release stated.

A spokeswoman for the sheriff's department said more information on the case would be released Monday during a press conference.

Andressian was in the middle of a divorce and custody battle with the boy's mother, Ana Estevez, who investigators have said is not a suspect in the child's disappearance.

  • Leroy Wright