Body of missing 5-year-old Southern California boy found at Lake Cachuma

The body of 5-year-old Aramazd Andressian Jr. was found at Lake Cachuma the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office announced Saturday.
The body of 5-year-old Aramazd Andressian Jr. was found at Lake Cachuma the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office announced Saturday.

The body of a missing 5-year-old Southern California boy who authorities believe was murdered by his father in April was located at Lake Cachuma, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced Saturday.

Aramazd Andressian Jr. had been missing since April 21, and has father was arrested last month in Las Vegas on murder charges.

“Based on additional leads developed in the Andressian case, homicide detectives returned to the Lake Cachuma area of Santa Barbara County on Friday ... in an effort to locate additional evidence,” the Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. “Homicide detectives have located the remains of victim, Aramazd Andressian Jr.”

No additional details were released.

Friday was the third time investigators had searched for the boy’s body at Lake Cachuma.

He was last seen alive at Disneyland with his father, Aramazd Andressian Sr., at about 1:30 a.m. on Friday, April 21.

About six hours later, the father was at Lake Cachuma in the Santa Ynez Valley, authorities have said.

The father’s presence at the lake was confirmed through surveillance video, but there was no sign that the boy, whose nickname was Piqui, was with him.

“There are certain areas we want to look at up in Santa Barbara County,” Lt. Joe Mendoza of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said at a press conference last week in Southern California.

Aramazd’s mother, Ana Estevez, reported him missing the morning of the following day, April 22, after Andressian failed to return him to her South Pasadena home.

Later that morning, Andressian Sr., 35, was found alone and unconscious near a vehicle in a South Pasadena park, and claimed to have no knowledge of his son’s whereabouts.

He was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment and child abduction, and was not forthcoming with investigators, giving conflicting statements, sheriff’s officials told Noozhawk in April.

Law enforcement agencies decided not to present the case to the Los Angeles County district attorney at that time due to insufficient evidence.

Investigators have said on multiple occasions that Andressian had provided authorities with “inconsistent” and “misleading” statements.

The couple is in the process of ending their marriage, and Mendoza said the likely motive for the alleged killing was the “tumultuous divorce they were going through at the time.”

Andressian Sr. was extradited to Los Angeles County on Friday, and is expected to be arraigned next week in Los Angeles.

Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to contact the department’s Homicide Bureau at 323.890.5500, or to provide information anonymously through “Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800.222.TIPS (8477) or by using the website.

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