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Authorities search park where missing boy's father was found

Authorities search park where missing boy's father was found

A mother of a missing Southern California boy made her first public plea Wednesday saying she thinks her 5-year-old son is still alive.

A $20,000 reward is being offered for information that helps authorities locate the boy.

Andressian has said he's "heartbroken and grief-stricken that Aramazd Jr.is missing and may be in harm's way".

She said when he asked her on April 12 if the happiest day of her life was the day he was born, she agreed it was. "Be courageous, honey. Know that mama and a lot of people are working hard to bring you home", Estevez said. "I am counting the days until I see you honey and I will never stop looking for you". His lawyer couldn't be reached for comment Wednesday morning.

Authorities now call the father a "person of interest" in his son's disappearance, claiming he has given "inconsistent" and "misleading" statements.

Police interviewed the father, but "his story was all over the place", authorities said.

The search for Andressian Jr. began April 22 and has spanned several counties. She reported the disappearance after his father failed to show up for a scheduled custody exchange in San Marino, near Pasadena, KTLA reported.

At around the time of the missing persons report, Andressian Sr. was found passed out by his auto in Arroyo Park in South Pasadena.

"I hope and pray for the safe return of my only child, my namesake, who has been missing since last Saturday morning, April 22nd", he said. The lieutenant didn't identify the drug and declined to say whose pills they were.

A prescription bottle was found inside his vehicle, Mendoza said.

Matches and a gasoline container were found inside the auto, Mendoza said. According to police, they all left the park together but they don't know what happened to the child after.

Aramazd Andressian Sr. and his son are seen in a family photo. Andressian Sr. was later discovered unconscious at the park and the boy was nowhere to be found. "I can only speculate that I must have been attacked in the park, given my unresponsive state and subsequent physical condition".

The father was initially arrested on suspicion of child endangerment and later released.

He was released from jail on April 25, and his home was searched three days later.

Mendoza would not say where the tip came from but did say "it was credible based on the information we have in the investigation".

"At this point he is not speaking to us, only through his attorney", Mendoza said.

The father and son arrived waiting for the golf course to open, Mendoza said.

South Pasadena police asked for help from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on April 23.

A sheriff's flier details the missing child case.

Andressian Sr. told detectives that he had taken his son to Lake Cachuma in Santa Barbara County the previous day, but detectives have not been able to find evidence the boy was ever at the lake. Detectives found out Andressian Sr. visited the lake April 21.

Authorities search a brush area of Arroyo Park on May 18, 2017.

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