Body of miss­ing 5-year-old boy found in Cal­i­for­nia

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Homi­cide de­tec­tives have found the body of a miss­ing 5-year-old boy whose fa­ther is charged with his mur­der, au­thor­i­ties an­nounced Satur­day. Based on ad­di­tional leads, de­tec­tives re­turned Fri­day to an area near Lake Cachuma in Santa Bar­bara County and found the re­mains of Ara­mazd An­dres­sian Jr, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the Los An­ge­les County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment. No other de­tails were re­leased.

The body was flown to the Los An­ge­les County coroner’s of­fice on Satur­day. It will be ex­am­ined to con­firm the boy’s iden­tity, coroner’s As­sis­tant Chief Ed Win­ter said. Den­tal records and X-rays may be used be­cause “the child was up there for the last two (months),” and an au­topsy is planned to de­ter­mine the cause of death, Win­ter said. KABC-TV con­tacted the boy’s mother, and she re­sponded “with three bro­ken heart emo­jis,” the sta­tion re­ported.

The boy was found on the same day that his fa­ther, Ara­mazd An­dres­sian Sr., 35, of South Pasadena, was re­turned to South­ern Cal­i­for­nia from Las Ve­gas, where he was ar­rested last week. His new at­tor­ney, Ambrosio Ro­driguez, said he met with An­dres­sian for the first time on Satur­day in jail. “My client is heart­bro­ken, like any­body else,” he said. An­dres­sian has adamantly de­nied harm­ing the boy. Ro­driguez said his client in­tends to plead not guilty.

Con­tend­ing there has been “a rush to judg­ment,” the at­tor­ney said he will ap­pear in court to­day and ask to have the case con­tin­ued for 30 days in or­der to pre­pare a de­fense. An­dres­sian’s for­mer at­tor­ney, Daniel Nar­doni, called the dis­cov­ery of the boy heart­break­ing news and ex­pressed his con­do­lences to the fam­ily. “I hope that your beau­ti­ful mem­o­ries of lit­tle Ara bring you some com­fort and peace,” he said in a state­ment. In­ves­ti­ga­tors have been search­ing for the boy since his fa­ther was found passed out in a large park in South Pasadena on April 22. An­dres­sian had taken pre­scrip­tion pills and was found in a car doused in gaso­line in an ap­par­ent sui­cide at­tempt, sher­iff’s of­fi­cials said. An­dres­sian told au­thor­i­ties that he drove that day about 145 miles (233 kilo­me­ters) to Lake Cachuma. Au­thor­i­ties had twice searched the lake un­suc­cess­fully in the past few months, us­ing dogs and a dive team.

Al­though ini­tially ar­rested, An­dres­sian was re­leased but later charged with mur­der. Prose­cu­tors con­tend that An­dres­sian killed the boy to get back at his es­tranged wife. He and the boy’s mother, Ana Estevez, were shar­ing cus­tody as they went through a di­vorce. He was ar­rested in Las Ve­gas on June 23 be­cause au­thor­i­ties be­lieved he was at risk of flee­ing the coun­try. An­dres­sian had shaved his beard, light­ened his hair and had been so­cial­iz­ing while liv­ing out of a Las Ve­gas ho­tel for 47 days - con­duct char­ac­ter­ized as in­con­sis­tent with that of a griev­ing par­ent, sher­iff’s of­fi­cials said.—AP

File photo shows a spe­cial bul­letin ‘wanted poster’ of Ara­mazd An­dres­sian Jr, a 5year-old boy who had been miss­ing for sev­eral weeks from South Pasadena, Calif. Homi­cide de­tec­tives have found the body of the 5-year-old boy whose fa­ther is charged with his mur­der. — AP

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