Multiple law enforcement agencies, including the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, fanned out across the Santa Ynez Valley on Saturday to renew the search for a missing South Pasadena boy.
Over 150 people gathered at Santa Ynez High School for a briefing before beginning the 20-mile search.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officials lead the search for 5-year-old Aramazd Andressian, which started at 7 a.m.
Detectives searched Lake Cachuma twice in late April after learning the child’s father, Aramazd Andressian, Sr. visited the recreation on April 21.
On Saturday, their searched broadened after new information lead investigators to believe that Andressian, Sr. also traveled around the Lake Cachuma area, near Solvang and Nojoqui Falls.
Lieutenant Joe Mendoza with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau said searchers would leave no stone unturned.
“We’re searching many areas along the roadway to see if any evidence was discarded along that area,” Mendoza said. “We are using any type of resources to help us do this search as thorough as we can.”
K-9 dogs, horses and helicopters searched for any trace of the boy who was reported missing on the morning of April 22 by his mother, Ana Estevez.
Hours later, Andressian Sr. was found unconscious at South Pasadena’s Arroyo Park. His gray 2004 BMW sedan was found nearby with its interior and exterior doused with gasoline. Andressian, Sr. said he could not remember what happened to his son.
He was arrested and later released due to lack of evidence, but remains a ‘person of interest’.
The LA County Sheriff’s Department is asking for anyone with information about the boy’s disappearance to come forward. There is also a $20,000 reward.