L.A. County Sheriff's Department detectives said late Tuesday they'd dropped efforts to have child abduction charges filed against the father of a missing 5-year-old boy, who vanished last week during a planned visit.
"Regarding the arrest of suspect Aramazd Andressian Sr., South Pasadena Police Department and Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department have made the decision not to present the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration at this time. Suspect Andressian has been released from custody," according to a written statement.
Deputies and divers searched an area of the Lake Cachuma campground in Santa Barbara Tuesday after they said Andressian told them he was there last Friday, hours after he was last seen with the boy at Disneyland late Thursday night.
No one at the campground saw the boy, Aramazd Andressian, Jr., who was supposed to be returned to his mother's custody last Friday, and nothing was found during a search of the lake shore and water.
Sheriff's officials said the father claimed he forgot or couldn't remember what happened to his son after they left Disneyland and before the father was found unconscious and alone in a park in South Pasadena Saturday morning.
"He has given us some conflicting statements," said L.A. County Sheriff's Lt. Joe Medoza. "We are just following up on every lead," he said.
Mendoza renewed his plea for the public's help in tracing the father's movements during that time period, and urged anyone who'd seen the father, the boy, or the father's car to call Sheriff's homicide detectives at (323) 890-5500.