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California Police: Aramazd Andressian Sr. father of missing boy, murdered son after trip to Disneyland

June 27, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
California Police: Aramazd Andressian Sr. father of missing boy, murdered son after trip to Disneyland

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Police investigators in California believe the father of a 5-year-old boy, who went missing for two months, murdered his son following a trip to Disneyland to get back at his estranged wife for their “tumultuous divorce”.

Las Vegas Police arrested the father, Aramazd Andressian Sr., who remains in custody on a $10 million bond, Fox13 reported.

Prosecutors say Andressian is scheduled to appear in a Vegas court on Tuesday for an extradition hearing and is expected to return to Los Angeles by the end of the week.

Authorities have been searching for 5-year-old Aramazd Andressian Jr. since his father was found unconscious on April 22nd, in a large park in South Pasadena, California.

Ara was last seen at Disneyland with his father on April 21; investigators believe he killed his son shortly afterward

Sheriff’s officials say the father had taken prescription pills and was discovered in a car doused in gasoline in what they say was a suicide attempt.

Andressian Jr. was last seen around 1 a.m. on April 28th leaving Disneyland with his father.

Detectives suspect Aramazd Andressian Sr. murdered the boy a short time later and later drove about 145 miles to Lake Cachuma in Santa Barbara County.

Sheriff’s homicide investigators have since searched the lake twice, using divers and police dogs.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza said detectives believe Andressian committed the murder of his son to get back at his estranged wife Ana Estevez for their bitter divorce.

Aramazd Andressian Jr, 5, was last seen with his father in Disneyland on April 20; his father was found unconscious in a park in South Pasadena on April 22.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said deputies and federal agents detained Andressian because he was “becoming a flight risk.”

Investigators believed Andressian planned to flee the U.S. to a country that does not maintain an extradition agreement with the United States

However, McDonnell refused to name that country.

Mendoza said the father showed conduct inconsistent with that of a grieving parent.

Andressian dyed his hair color and shaved off his facial hair in an attempt to change his appearance.

In this photo released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Homicide detectives arrest Aramazd Andressian Sr. on suspicion of his son’s murder in Las Vegas (Nicole Nishida/Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department via AP)

Officials said the suspect had also been socializing while living out of a Las Vegas hotel for 47 days.

Andressian’s attorney, Daniel Nardoni, said his client is innocent of the charges and “is adamant that he never harmed his son.”

Although authorities have yet to discover the body after weeks of intensive searches, prosecutors say they are confident they can secure a conviction on murder charges.

Legal experts say so-called “no body cases” can result in convictions, but they present an additional challenge for prosecutors: proving the victim is actually dead.

“In most homicide prosecutions, the fact the person died is not the issue,” said former federal prosecutor and USC law professor Heidi Rummel.

In most murder cases, determining someone was a homicide victim is relatively easy with an autopsy, but without a body, prosecutors will need to prove the case with only circumstantial evidence, Rummel said.

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