Authorities in Hampton, Virginia are searching for a 4-year-old boy last seen in the early morning of January 31st, in Hampton.
Codi Bigsby was last seen in the 100 block of Ranalet Drive, at the Buckroe Pointe townhomes in the Buckroe area, Hampton police said.
Officers were called to the home just after 9 a.m. and when they arrived Codi’s father told them the child was last seen around 2 a.m.
Monday night police and FBI were seen going through dumpsters in the Buckroe Pointe neighborhood. They pulled a mattress put of a dumpster but it’s not clear if any pertinent evidence was found during the search.
Police have also searched the area by foot, with dogs, and by air with choppers and drones.
Codi lives with his father full-time. According to authorities, his parents are cooperating with police.
During a press conference Tuesday, February 1st, police said Codi’s parents are considered persons of interest and are key to solving the case.
“The evidence does not match what we’ve been told”, said Police Chief Mark Tablot. “We do have a person of interest. We are most interested in Codi’s parents.” Talbot and police spokesperson Reggie Williams could not share what that specific evidence was.
The Chief also would not comment if there was a history of neglect.
Police are looking for any information such as surveillance video from the public surrounding the case from noon Sunday(1/30) to 9 a.m. Monday. They have asked for anyone who has ever seen Codi to come forward.
Codi Bigsby is about 3 feet tall and was last seen in all black clothing and Spider-Man flip-flops.
An Amber Alert has not been issued as police do not believe Codi was abducted.
Chief Talbot said Codi Bigsby is still likely still near the area of the Buckroe Pointe townhomes where he disappeared from.
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Tisha Hunt says her daughter plays with Codi in the neighborhood yard. She describes what went through her mind when detectives knocked on her door.
She says her & a group of moms will be out searching all day.
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Police are gathering people to begin a public search party. A link will be provided and only 50 volunteers will be picked first. Volunteers will need a valid photo ID.
WAVY-TV 10 obtained documents from a 2018 arrest of Codi’s father, Cory Bigsby. Court documents show an assault allegation made by Codi’s mother. She told police that during a fight Cory threatened to kill her. When she defended herself by grabbing a knife, Cory bit and choked her.
The charge was nolle prossed, meaning it will not proceed in court unless further evidence comes to light. An official source told WAVY-TV 10 that the reason for doing so is because the victim, Codi’s mom, refused to cooperate or appear in court multiple times.
New photos of Codi have been released.
The search for Codi entered into it’s third day on Feb. 2nd, police say they continue to search within a one-mile radius of the apartment complex where Codi lives. While the search radius has not changed, they are expanding their search areas within the grid.
All waterways within the grid are being considered for the search.
Additionally police said Cory Bigsby has been named a person of interest. He has willingly been at the police headquarters since Monday and continues to cooperate with officers.
He is not in police custody and no charges have been filed.
When asked if they were ruling out the child’s mother as a person of interest, police said they are not ruling anything out.
Anyone with information about where Cory Bigsby would go, shop or do are asked to contact Hampton police. People who live in the Old Buckroe neighborhood are also asked to check their property and alert police if they see anything suspicious.
On Feb. 3rd, the Cape Charles police and Suffolk firefighters joined the search for Codi in Hampton. Police also visited the home of Codi again.
They are now asking for anyone who has seen Codi, his siblings, or his father since Christmas to call the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI. Anyone with surveillance video is also now asked to call the FBI.
Codi’s father, Cory Bigsby, has retained Jeffery Ambrose as his attorney.
Also on Feb. 3rd, Cory Bigsby was arrested on 7 counts of child neglect. According to sources, the charges stem from incidents dating back to December. However, it is not clear if the charges are connected with Codi’s disappearance.
Cory is expected to be arraigned Friday, February 4th.
During their visits to the home on Feb 3rd, police removed several bags of evidence.
Anyone with any information is asked to call 911, Hampton Police at 757–727–6111 or the Crime Line at 1–888-LOCK-U-UP.