A search underway this morning at Arroyo Seco Park for the 5-year-old South Pasadena boy missing since April 22 was prompted by new information that detectives believe is “credible,” authorities said.
About 80 members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and South Pasadena Police Department were conducting the search operation in the park, located at 800 Stoney Drive, and the surrounding area for Aramazd Andressian Jr., said Deputy Don Walker.
Authorities were looking for additional evidence related to the boy’s disappearance, according to Walker.
Search for Missing Boy Conducted Because of Credible Tip
In a briefing at the park this morning, sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza told reporters that the search was being conducted because investigators received a recent tip that was regarded as “credible,” but he declined to be more specific.
“We’re not going to reveal where that tip came from, just to protect the integrity of the investigation,” Mendoza said.
Search to Include Search Dogs and Drone
The search, which also will include search dogs and a drone, is in the
same general area that was searched by South Pasadena police assisted by San
Marino police soon after the boy went missing, Mendoza said.
Today’s effort comes a day after the boy’s mother, Ana Estevez, made a
public plea for help in finding her son, calling his disappearance her “worst
Authorities have been looking for the boy since April 22, a search that
has spanned several Southern California counties, including Santa Barbara,
where authorities searched in the Lake Cachuma Recreation Area, where the boy
may have been with his father on April 21.
Boy’s Father Initially Arrested
Aramazd Andressian Sr. was arrested April 22 and released from jail
three days later. He was initially held in lieu of $10 million bail after he
was found unconscious at South Pasadena’s Arroyo Seco Park and could not
account for his son’s whereabouts.
On April 28, the day a search warrant was served at his South Pasadena
home, Andressian released a statement through his attorney about his son’s
“I hope and pray for the safe return of my only child, my namesake, who
has been missing since last Saturday morning, April 22nd,” he said.
Andressian said his son wanted to go to the park that morning before
they met with his mother for a custody exchange.
“In one moment, I was at the park with my son, and then I found myself
waking up in Huntington Memorial Hospital hours later. I was told that a good
Samaritan found me unconscious on the ground near my car, with young Aramazd
nowhere in sight. I can only speculate that I must have been attacked in the
park, given my unresponsive state and subsequent physical condition,” the
He said he and his family “are heartbroken and grief-stricken that
Aramazd Jr. is missing and may be in harm’s way. I am pleading with the public
to come forward with any knowledge of Aramazd Jr.’s whereabouts or information
regarding the circumstances leading up to his disappearance.”
Boy’s Father Still Under Investigation
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. The matter remains
Sheriff’s Capt. Chris Bergner said the weekend the child disappeared
that his father’s statements had “been convoluted and not consistent.”
A lack of trust in the boy’s father appears to continue to underpin the
“He’s been deceitful since the very beginning,” sheriff’s Det. Louie
Aguilera, the lead investigator on the case, told the Los Angeles Times.
The boy’s mother contacted police at 9 a.m. April 22 to report her son
missing. She said her estranged husband, with whom she shares custody of their
son, had failed to drop off the child at a pre-arranged meeting place.
The boy was last seen by his mother on April 18, via a Skype video call
from an unknown location, South Pasadena police said.
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.
Authorities also searched in Orange County, where a gray 2004 four-door
BMW owned by Andressian was seen on the morning of April 21 at Disneyland in
Anaheim, where he and the boy apparently spent the day on April 20, officials
$20,000 Reward Offered for Information
A $20,000 reward approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
Tuesday was offered for information that helps authorities locate the child.
The boy is white, 4 feet 1 and 55 pounds, with brown hair and brown
eyes. He was last seen wearing a plaid shirt and plaid shorts and has a small
mole on the bottom of his right shoulder.
South Pasadena police asked anyone with information about the boy to
call them at (626) 403-7297. Sheriff’s detectives can be reached at (323) 890-