Body Of Missing South Pasadena Boy Found In Santa Barbara County
Ending a weeks-long search, the body of the missing South Pasadena boy was found Friday near Lake Cachuma in Santa Barbara County. Homicide detectives returned to the area following additional leads, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The Sheriff's Department has released no other details at this time.
The victim, Aramazd Andressian Jr., has been missing since April, when his mother, Ana Estevez, was supposed to meet him and his father, Aramazd Andressian Sr., for a scheduled drop-off. Authorities found Andressian Sr. the following day, passed out near his car in Arroyo Seco park. He was unable to account for his son's whereabouts at the time, and his BMW had been doused in gasoline. Andressian had also taken prescription pills, which authorities believe was a suicide attempt, according to the L.A. Times.
Andressian was initially detained but released because of lack of evidence. He has since been extradited to Los Angeles after the L.A. County district attorney's office filed a murder charge against him. He was arrested in Las Vegas following the murder charges, and arrived in Southern California on Friday, according to City News Service. He is set to be arraigned Monday in an Alhambra courthouse. If convicted, he would face a maximum of 25 years to life in prison.
Authorities believe Andressian killed his son in order to enact revenge on Estevez, with whom he is in the process of divorcing. He had been in Las Vegas for several weeks, and authorities noticed he made changes to his appearance and was planning to travel to a country to avoid extradition, according to the