Crime

Boy Was With Dad At Disneyland Before Disappearance (Photo)

| by Michael Doherty

Authorities are searching for a 5-year-old boy who was reported missing after his father was found passed out in a park in South Pasadena, California.

Investigators said Aramazd Andressian Jr. was with his father, Aramazd Andressian Sr., 35, at Disneyland two days before he was reported missing, according to KTLA. It's unclear whether the boy was abducted.

The father was found unconscious in Arroyo Park on April 22, and reportedly provided inconsistent and contradictory statements to authorities. It isn't clear whether the man's son had been with him in the park.

"His story was all over the place," said Police Chief Art Miller according to the Los Angeles Times.

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"Any information, no matter how slight, may be the key to solving this mystery ... Every little detail has its place," Miller added. "We [don't] know if he crawled out of the car himself, if he walked away, if he was abducted -- we have no idea."

A sheriff's homicide official said the father and son had been at Disneyland on April 20, and did not leave until after midnight.

The boy's mother, who has not been named, is reportedly in the middle of getting a divorce from Aramazd Sr., and police said she is distraught over her son's disappearance. The two share custody of the boy.

A search warrant was reportedly served at the father's South Pasadena home.

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"We're just following up on investigative leads. We're following any leads we can get," said Detective Mark Boisvert. "We're reaching out to the public for any information we can get."

"He's not with his mother and he’s not with his father. He's with somebody and we're pleading to that somebody to let us bring him home," said homicide Capt. Chris Bergner.

Investigators are following every new lead that they find, but "it’s not enough," Bergner said. Police searched the park and the surrounding areas until 3 a.m. on April 23. They also searched other areas in South Pasadena.

The boy's mother reportedly last saw him in person on April 15, when she left him with his father during a custody transition. The mother later saw the boy in a Skype video call on April 18, but a Skype call scheduled for April 20 did not occur.

The boy was reported missing on April 22, after the boy's father failed to show up for a planned custody transfer meeting.

Aramazd Sr. has been arrested for child endangerment and child abduction. His bail has been raised from $100,000 to $10 million. He reportedly remains in custody.

Sources: KTLA, Los Angeles Times / Photo credit: Sean MacEntee/Flickr, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office via KTLA

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