Body of Missing Boy Found Near Lake Cachuma
Update by the Edhat Staff
11:15 a.m., July 1, 2017
Los Angeles Homicide Detectives located the remains of the missing 5-year-old Pasadena boy, Aramazd Andressian Jr., near Lake Cachuma on Friday.
Based on additional leads developed in the case, Homicide detectives returned to the Lake Cachuma area in Santa Barbara County on Friday, June 30, 2017 in an effort to locate additional evidence.
There is no additional information at this time.
By the Edhat Staff
11:56 a.m., June 28, 2017
The father of the missing 5-year-old Pasadena boy who is believed to have visited Lake Cachuma has been arrested for his son's murder.
On Friday the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department announced Aramazd Andressian Sr. was arrested for the murder of his son Aramazd Andressian Jr.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide investigators coordinated the arrest with LA County Sheriff's Major Crimes Bureau Fugitive Taskforce, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department CAPE (Major Violator/Narcotics Crimes Bureau), Homicide Section and the Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Taskforce of the United States Marshals Service. The suspect was booked at Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department with a bail of $10 million dollars.
According to the Sheriff's Department, Homicide investigators reviewed all the evidence of the case and presented the facts to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and obtained a murder filling against Andressian.
An extradition hearing was held in Las Vegas on Tuesday morning where Andressian Sr. was reportedly laughing, smiling, and trying to joke with the judge, reports KTLA.
He waived his right to fight extradition back to California at the hearing after Los Angeles County officials announced a "no-body murder charge" had been filed.
Andressian Sr was in custody of his 5-year-old son who was last seen in the early morning hours of Friday, April 21, 2017, leaving Disneyland around 1:00 a.m. Investigators believed Andressian Jr was killed during a 6.5 hour period between Anaheim and Lake Cachuma in Santa Barbara County. Witnesses state he was seen alone later that morning at the lake.
Authorities performed a detailed search of Lake Cachuma and surrounding areas between June 10-11. The boy's body has not yet been found.
According to KTLA, investigators believe the killing "was a pre-planned event," and the motive was "tumultuous divorce" proceedings with the boy's mother said L.A. County Sheriff's Lt. Joe Mendoza. While searches were underway with the boy's mother posting fliers, Andressian Sr was "socializing in Vegas," said Mendoza.
He also attempted to change his appearance by shaving his beard and coloring his hair.
Authorities were concerned he may have been planning to flee the country to a place he couldn't be extradited. Andressian Sr was then taken into custody in Las Vegas after being deemed a flight risk.
He's still being held on a $10 million bail while awaiting extradition back to Los Angeles.
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