Detectives searching for the body of a 5-year-old South Pasadena boy missing for more than two months, and allegedly killed by his father, discovered the child’s remains Friday in Santa Barbara County, authorities said.
The remains of Aramazd Andressian Jr. were discovered Friday during the latest of several searches of the area near Lake Cachuma on Friday, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said. His identity was confirmed Saturday morning.
Investigators from all over Southern California descended on the Lake Cachuma Recreation Area in Santa Barbara County Saturday to continue their search for signs of a 5-year-old South Pasadena boy who vanished under suspicious circumstances in late April.
Aramazd Andressian Jr. was reported missing April 22 after his father failed to bring him to a scheduled custody exchange, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials. His father, Aramazd Andressian Sr., was found unconscious earlier the same day near his car, which was parked at the Arroyo Seco Park in South Pasadena. His car was doused in gasoline and there was a rag sticking out of the gas tank. The father told investigators he had taken prescription pills belonging to someone else and had no idea what happened to his son.
The father and son were last seen together at Disneyland on April 21, officials said. Witnesses also reported seeing the boy and his father on April 21 at the Lake Cachuma Recreation Area, as well as near Solvang and Nojoqui Falls.
Authorities have already made repeated searches of the parks in South Pasadena and Santa Barbara County without results.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials were joined in Saturday’s search by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, the South Pasadena Police Department, the Los Angeles County Fire Department and law enforcement agencies from through the San Gabriel Valley, Deputy Don Walker of the sheriff’s Information Bureau said in a written statement.
Search and rescue teams and search dogs were brought in from throughout the region to help.
But at the conclusion of Saturday’s search on Friday, no signs of the boy had been found, officials said.
“This search was coordinated and executed in hopes of locating any new evidence in the case,” Deputy Sara Rodriguez said in a written statement. “During the search, investigators located possible areas of interest and will resume the search in the future.”
Saturday’s search covered roughly 30 miles of road between Nojoquu Falls, Solvang and Lake Cachuma, Rodriguez said.
“Homicide investigators would like to thank the more 235 personnel who rejoined to the search,” she added.
In the weeks since the boy disappeared, family members and volunteers have canvassed the region and handed out fliers, and detectives have served search warrants at the homes of both Andressian Sr.’s South Pasadena home, and the home of the boy’s paternal grandmother in Montebello.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has offered a $10,000 reward for information in the case.
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ALHAMBRA >> Police found a woman safe in South Pasadena after went missing in Alhambra on Tuesday night.
Wei Li, 71, was last seen about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 100 block of North Third Street, Alhambra police officials said in a written statement.
“Li does not have a cellular phone and does not speak English,” according to the statement.
She’s described as Asian, 5 feet 4 inches tall and 138 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes.
But she was found safe in South Pasadena on Wednesday afternoon and reunited with her family, police said.
Police are asking the public’s help in finding a West Covina man suffering from dementia who went missing in after leaving a hospital in Baldwin Park on Saturday morning.
Jerry Quinton Williams, 73, was last seen at the Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center, 1011 Baldwin Park Blvd., during the early-morning hours, West Covina police officials said in a written statement. He hasn’t been seen or heard from since.
“(Williams) suffers from early stages of dementia and needs ongoing medical attention,” according to the statement.
Williams was driving a Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck with a license plate of 84733X1. He’s described as black, 6 feet 3 inches tall, 210 pounds, with a goatee and piercing in his left ear. He was last seen wearing red and black gym shorts.
Anyone who spots the missing person is urged to call 911 or contact local police immediately.
PHOTO: Missing person Jerry Quinton Williams, 73, of West Covina. (Courtesy, West Covina Police Department)
ROWLAND HEIGHTS >> Detectives are investigating the disappearance of an 18-year-old Rowland Heights woman who vanished under suspicious circumstances while on her way to school early Friday before being , authorities said.
Cristal Flores left her home Friday morning en route for Rowland High School, 2000 S. Otterbein Ave., Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. David Buckner said. But she never arrived.
Friends notified the girl’s family shortly before 8 a.m. that Flores had called them and made alarming statements.
The exact phrasing was not clear, but Flores was believed to have said something about being followed by a possibly armed person or people, according to the lieutenant. Her location at the time of the phone calls was unknown.
No further details were available.
Loved ones circulated fliers with Flores’ photo on Friday, both in the community and online.
Flores was found safe late Friday night, sheriff’s officials said. No further information was available Saturday as detectives from the sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau continued their investigation.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Walnut-Diamond Bar Station at 626-913-1715. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
SOUTH PASADENA >> Police and sheriff’s officials continued searching Sunday for a 5-year-old boy who was reported missing after his father, who was responsible for the child, was found unconscious in a South Pasadena Park and arrested him.
Search and rescue teams, helicopters, search dogs, neighboring police agencies and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Missing Persons Detail have joined in the search for Aramazd Andressian Jr., which centered around Arroyo Park in South Pasadena, sheriff’s and South Pasadena police officials said.
The boy was last seen by his mother on April 15, when she turned him over to the custody his father, Aramazd Andressian Sr., during a child custody exchange at the Baldwin Park Police Department, according to Deputy Lisa Jansen of the sheriff’s Information Bureau. The parent’s are in the process of divorcing, officials added.
The boy’s mother last heard from him Tuesday, when she spoke with him via a “Skype” video call, South Pasadena police officials said.
Police in South Pasadena reportedly found the father passed out next to his parked car at the park about 6:30 a.m. Saturday. Officials took him to a hospital for examination before he was arrested. It was unclear why the man had lost consciousness.
The boy’s mother reported him missing later Saturday after Andressian Sr. failed to show up for his scheduled custody exchange, authorities said. He hasn’t been seen or heard from since.
“Aramazd Andressian Jr.’s family is very concerned and asking for the public’s assistance,” Jansen said.
Aramazd Andressian Sr. had been driving a gray, 2004 BMW four-door car with a California license plate of 5FIL646. Prior to his arrest, the vehicle was last reported seen in Orange County early Friday.
The father was said to be cooperative, but investigators expressed concern that he did not appear to be a crime victim but did not know the whereabouts of his son.
Aramazd Jr. is described as 41 inches, 55 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a turquoise plaid shirt and plaid shorts and has a small mole on the bottom of his right shoulder.
Anyone with information is urged to contact South Pasadena police at 626-403-07270 or the sheriff’s Missing Persons Detail at 323-890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
— City News Service contributed to this report.
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ARCADIA >> Authorities are seeking an 88-year-old woman with dementia who went missing in Arcadia on Sunday.
Rongzhen Tu was last seen about 12:40 p.m. on Sunday in the area of Baldwin Avenue and Duarte Road, According to Arcadia police Sgt. Ernest Lopez. She went missing while walking with her caretaker.
“The caretaker lost sight of Yu and was unable to locate her,” Lopez said in a written statement. She’s not seen or heard from since.
Though in good physical health, Yu requires daily medication for dementia, the sergeant said.
Yu speaks Mandarin and Japanese, but not English, Lt. Roy Nakamura said. She had no money or identification with her went she disappeared.
Police described Yu as Chinese, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 110 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen bearing a brown jacket and black pants.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Arcadia Police Department at 626-574-5123.
PHOTO of Rongzhen Tu, 88, courtesy of the Arcadia Police Department.
PASADENA >> A Pasadena woman who went missing after visiting a Pasadena pharmacy on Tuesday was found dehydrated, but safe, in Joshua Tree National Park on Thursday, where she apparently drove after becoming disoriented, authorities said.
Constance “Connie” Sullivan was reported missing after failing to return home after a visit to a pharmacy in Pasadena on Tuesday afternoon, Pasadena police officials said in a written statement. She was last heard from when she called family to report she was lost.
Police managed to track her cell phone to a last known location in San Dimas before losing a signal, Lt. Jesse Carrillo said.
Sullivan continued driving and ended up in a remote part of Joshua Tree National Park, where her car became disabled Wednesday night.
Morongo Valley residents David Franco, 28, and Jennifer Thompson, 35, came upon the stranded woman while riding off-road vehicles about 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, according to the lieutenant.
“After a brief conversation, they realized Ms. Sullivan was somewhat disoriented and appeared to have suffered minor dehydration,” he said. “Ms. Thompson managed to obtain information from Ms. Sullivan that she was a resident of Pasadena.”
Pasadena police, as well as Sullivan’s family, were soon contacted. The missing woman was medically examined and reunited with her family.
No foul play was suspected in the disappearance, Carrillo said.
“Ms. Sullivan became confused and disoriented at the time she went missing,” he said.
Police thanked the community, and especially the two good Samaritans, for their concern for Sullivan’s safety.
PASADENA >> Police and worried family members have asked the public to keep an eye out for a 76-year-old woman who became lost and went missing in Pasadena on Tuesday afternoon.
Constance “Connie” Elizabeth Sullivan was last seen about 2:45 p.m. at a CVS Pharmacy at Sierra Madre Boulevard and San Pasqual Street about 2:45 p.m., Pasadena police officials said in a written statement.
“Constance Sullivan telephoned family members and stated she was ‘lost,’” according to the statement. She hasn’t been seen since.
Sullivan was driving a dark blue 2008 Honda Civic with a California license 6CZA307.
She’s described as white, 5 feet tall, 170 pounds, dark red hair, a light complexion and brown eyes.
Anyone with information is asked to call 911.
PHOTO of Constance “Connie” Elizabeth Sullivan courtesy of the Pasadena Police Department.
ROWLAND HEIGHTS >> Authorities are seeking the public’s help in finding a 34-year-old Rowland Heights woman who’s been missing for two-and-a-half months.
Chuanshuang “Jona” Yang was last heard from about 8 p.m. on Dec. 28, when she spoke with a friend on the phone, Deputy Trina Schrader of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Information Bureau said in a written statement.
She has not been seen or heard from since, Schrader said. “Her family and friends are very concerned and are asking for the public’s assistance.”
Yang is Asian, 5 feet 1 inch tall, 86 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. She drives a white, 2014 Toyota Corolla with a California license plate 7GMD392.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau’s Missing Persons Unit at 323-890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
PHOTOS courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department