Father of missing California boy was flight risk

Los Angeles Sheriff Jim McDonnell left talks as District Attorney Jackie Lacey looks on during a news conference Monday

Father of missing California boy was flight risk

Hundreds of law enforcement officials, family members and volunteers have searched for the man's 5-year-old son, Aramazd Andressian Jr., who was last seen on April 21 while he was in his father's custody, authorities said.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says the father of a 5-year-old who has been missing for two months, 35-year-old Aramazd Andressian Sr. was arrested on Friday, June 23, 2017, afternoon in Las Vegas and is being held there on $10 million bail.

Authorities say the boy was last seen April 20 with his father, leaving Disneyland in Anaheim.

Andressian Sr. "has not been cooperative whatsoever" with investigators, and has told "untruths" during interviews, according to Mendoza. He was originally arrested in Los Angeles County shortly after his son went missing but was later released for lack of evidence.

LA County investigators, along with assistance from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office, traveled to Cachuma Lake twice in late April in search for the 5-year-old boy.

Lacey said that while "no-body cases" present a challenge for prosecutors, her office has successfully obtained convictions in many such cases.

Andressian, who detectives have said has given "inconsistent" and "misleading" statements, hired an attorney and refused to cooperate with investigators.

Andressian told police that he had taken prescription drugs that didn't belong to him earlier in the morning of April 22.

The same day the child was reported missing, Andressian Sr., was found unconscious near his auto, which was parked at the Arroyo Seco Park in South Pasadena. 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 say the father had taken prescription pills and was found in a vehicle doused in gasoline.

Investigators discovered that Aramazd Andressian had lightened the color of his hair, shaved off his beard and was making plans to head to a country where he could avoid extradition back to the United States, officials said at a news conference. The boy's father had reportedly recently moved into the home, where investigators "seized various items of evidence", according to a sheriff's statement released at the time.

A statement from Estevez was read at Monday's news conference. She said she will miss "Piqui" - her pet name for her son - "each and every second of every day for the rest of my life". Officials have not said whether they found the boy's remains or what evidence led to the arrest. The boy was first reported missing by his mother when her estranged husband didn't bring him home at the agreed upon time. "I am counting the days until I see you honey and I will never stop looking for you", she said.

Anyone with information on the case was urged to call homicide detectives at 323-890-5500.

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