Father of missing California boy was flight risk

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Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department homicide investigators coordinated the arrest with the sheriff's Major Crimes Bureau Fugitive Taskforce, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department CAPE (Major Violator/Narcotics Crimes Bureau), Homicide Section and the Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Taskforce of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Mug shot of Aramazd Andressian Sr., who was booked on murder charges for the death of his 5-year-old son.

Los Angeles County law enforcement officials told reporters Monday that prior to his arrest last week, 35-year-old Aramazd Andressian Sr. had changed his appearance and had been socializing in Las Vegas, conduct characterized as inconsistent with that of a grieving parent.

"This is one of those cases that tore people's hearts", Capt. Christopher Bergner of the Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau said at a news conference Monday.

An attorney for Andressian Sr., Daniel Nardoni of Pasadena, did not respond to several calls for comment. He is suspected of murdering his son, Aramazd Andressian, Jr., who went missing from South Pasadena, CA in April 2017. She added she would not have authorized charges to be filed in the case if she wasn't confident a jury would convict the father. According to Andressian Sr., he believes he may have been attacked while at the park. Authorities said Monday the divorce was part of the criminal investigation. "We don't know the timeframe; however, there's evidence showing that this was pre-planned by the suspect". 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.

"My son's disappearance is my worst nightmare", she said. "I am counting the days until I see you honey and I will never stop looking for you", she said.

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The last confirmed sighting of the boy was with his father at 1 a.m. April 21 as they left Disneyland.

The father told investigators he had taken his son to the park while waiting for the nearby golf course to open, and that the next thing he remembered was waking up in a hospital.

Andressian Jr.'s remains have not been discovered, sheriff's spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said. Matches and gas were found inside the vehicle. The toddler, however, was not with his father at that time.

"I miss him terribly", Estevez said in May. A dive team searched for clues around the lake.

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. Aramazd Andressian Jr., whose body has not been found, was last seen in person when his mother handed him off to her estranged husband for a scheduled visit on April 15. Surveillance video taken six hours later showed Andressian Sr.at Lake Cachuma in Santa Barbara County. Investigators have searched his home and his mother's home.