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Authorities search Lake Cachuma for missing 5-year-old boy

Five-year-old Aramazd Andressian Jr. was last seen Thursday, April 20, 2017, at Disneyland with his father. On Tuesday, authorities search Lake Cachuma in Santa Barbara County for any sign of the boy.
Five-year-old Aramazd Andressian Jr. was last seen Thursday, April 20, 2017, at Disneyland with his father. On Tuesday, authorities search Lake Cachuma in Santa Barbara County for any sign of the boy.

A search on Tuesday at Lake Cachuma in Santa Barbara County did not turn up any sign of a missing 5-year-old boy from Southern California, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department investigators.

Aramazd Andressian Jr. was last seen Thursday at Disneyland with his father, Aramazd Andressian Sr., 35. The father was found alone and unconscious in a vehicle in South Pasadena over the weekend.

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Aramazd Andressian Sr., 35, has been arrested on suspicion of child endangerment. South Pasadena Police Department via AP

He was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment and has not been forthcoming with investigators, giving conflicting statements, Lt. Joe Mendoza of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told Noozhawk. His bail is set at $10 million.

“The father hasn’t given us any information that was helpful to us,” Mendoza said. “He told us he was unconscious, and he doesn’t remember what happened.”

Investigators were able to determine that the father, who remained in custody, spent Friday at Lake Cachuma, Mendoza said. But early Tuesday afternoon, Mendoza told Noozhawk that investigators had not found any sign that the boy was with his father at the lake.

“We believe he (the father) spent the entire day there,” Mendoza said. “We’re trying to identify witnesses who saw him in the area, park attendants, anyone who may have seen him.”

Investigators aided by the tracking dogs combed the shoreline in the vicinity of El Dorado Point, where they believe Andressian spent most of the day Friday. Dive team members searched the adjacent waters, and a helicopter surveyed the scene from above.

Investigators were waiting to view surveillance video from the Cachuma Lake Store, Detective Louie Aguilera said. Andressian reportedly stopped in and made purchases at the store Friday.

The boy’s mother, who is going through a divorce with the father, reported the child missing about 8:30 a.m. Saturday after the father failed to drop him off in San Marino. After the father was found near Arroyo Park in South Pasadena, authorities conducted an intensive search of the area.

The Los Angeles Times quoted South Pasadena Police Chief Art Miller regarding the case: “We (don’t) know if he (the boy) crawled out of the car himself, if he walked away, if he was abducted — we have no idea.”

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A search was underway Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at Lake Cachuma for 5-year-old Aramazd Andressian Jr. of Southern California. Courtesy photo

The 5-year-old is described as 3 feet, 5 inches tall and weighing about 55 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes, and he was last seen wearing a turquoise shirt and plaid shorts.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Noozhawk executive editor Tom Bolton can be reached at tbolton@noozhawk.com. Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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