The mother of a 5-year-old boy who vanished nearly a month ago during a scheduled visit with his father in South Pasadena begged for the public’s help to find and return her son.
“There are no words to describe how devastated and heartbroken I am,” Anna Estevez told reporters at a news conference with detectives in Downtown L.A. Wednesday.
She then spoke directly to her son, Aramazd Andressian, Jr.:
“Be brave, honey, know that mama and a lot of people are working very hard to bring you home,” she said.
The boy was last seen at Disneyland April 20 with his father, Aramazd Andressian, Sr., and two other relatives, according to the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.
The father had ingested prescription drugs when he was found unconscious in a park in South Pasadena April 22, and detectives have now publicly revealed the father’s gray BMW had been doused with gasoline inside and out.
“As to how those items play into what occurred, he has not been cooperative, so we don’t know,” said Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau Lt. Joe Mendoza, who’s been leading the investigation.
No evidence has been found that the boy was harmed, but no leads have brought investigators any closer to finding the boy, Mendoza has said.
The father claimed during an interview with detectives that he and his son were together at Lake Cachuma in Santa Barbara on April 21, and went to the South Pasadena park together the following morning.
Detectives have been unable to confirm the boy was seen anywhere after the Disneyland visit, Mendoza said.
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors this week increased the reward for information to $20,000.
Anyone with information should call the Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.