Authorities search park where missing boy's father was found


Authorities converged on Arroyo Park in South Pasadena Thursday morning in the ongoing search for 5-year-old Aramazd Andressian Jr., who disappeared in April after a trip to Disneyland with his father.

Los Angeles County sheriff's officials have been searching for Aramazd Andressian Jr. since his father was found unconscious in a park on April 22.

Ana Estevez, center, the mother of Aramazd Andressian Jr., wipes away tears during a news conference.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said it made the decision, along with the South Pasadena Police Department, not to present the case to prosecutors for filing. 17, 2017, as Los Angeles sheriff's officials make a public plea for information about his whereabouts.

The father was found unconscious in his vehicle at a park in South Pasadena on April 22.

In April, Aramazd Andressian Sr. failed to show up to a prearranged meeting site to return the boy to his mother.

"We're not going to reveal where that tip came from, just to protect the integrity of the investigation", Mendoza said.

Ana Estevez hasn't seen her little boy, Aramazd Andressian Jr., since he vanished while in the custody of his father. 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.

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The elder Andressian told investigators that he took his son to Cachuma Lake in Santa Barbara County - about 145 miles (233.34 kilometers) from Disneyland - the following day, but detectives found no evidence the boy had been there. Sheriff's officials revealed Wednesday the father took prescription pills and was found in a auto doused in gasoline.

"My son's disappearance is my worst nightmare", she said, adding that she thinks Aramazd is still alive.

"We are still remaining optimistic until we find out otherwise", Mendoza said.

Mendoza said a gas can and matches were also found in the auto.

The same area was searched, but on a smaller scale, immediately following the boy's disappearance, Mendoza said. The boy's parents were in the middle of divorce proceedings and had been sharing custody of the child.

A $20,000 reward approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday was offered for information that helps authorities locate the child.

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