Body of missing California 5-year-old boy found; father remains in jail

SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. — The body of a 5-year-old boy missing since he took a trip with his father in April has been found, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Andressian Aramazd, Jr.
(Photo: CNN)

“Homicide detectives have located the remains of victim Aramazd Andressian Jr.,” the sheriff’s department said Saturday.

The statement did not say where the body was found or what condition it was in. The search focused on the 100-mile stretch between Santa Barbara and Pasadena, California.

Aramazd Andressian Sr., the boy’s father, was arrested last week in Las Vegas on suspicion of murder and is being held on $10 million bail.

During an extradition hearing in Las Vegas on Tuesday morning,  Andressian Sr. laughed, smiled and tried to crack a joke with the judge, video from the courtroom showed.

Aramazd Andressian, Sr. appears in a Las Vegas courtroom on June 27, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

In a news conference after his arrest, investigators said Andressian and his wife were going through a “tumultuous divorce” when he took his son on a trip to Disneyland.

Andressian was found in a parked car in a South Pasadena park without his son the day he was supposed to drop him off with his mother. He claimed he didn’t know what happened to his son.

After questioning by police, Andressian spent 47 days in Las Vegas where he shaved the beard he had grown and dyed his hair.

“He was taking part in activities and displaying mannerisms that were not consistent with a grieving parent,” Lt. Joe Mendoza said Monday.

He did not elaborate.

Aramazd Andressian, Sr.
(Photo: CNN)

Andressian is scheduled to be in court Monday.

His attorney, Ambrosio Rodriguez, met with Andressian in jail on Saturday and later released a statement saying, “This is a sad and solemn day for the Andressian family, one they all hoped would never come. … The family mourns the death of Ara Jr. and are in seclusion grieving.”

Earlier, before the child’s body was found, Rodriguez released a statement saying the arrest of his client was “a perfect example of mob mentality and rush to judgment by the sheriff’s department.”