UPDATE: Below is previous coverage in the case. In an update on Tuesday morning, Hampton’s police chief said that the parents of missing Hampton 4-year-old Codi Bigsby are considered persons of interest after the child was reported missing Monday morning. You can read the latest here.
HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Authorities are still searching for a 4-year-old boy last seen early Monday morning 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 in a press release.
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. Authorities said the family is cooperating with the search.
Codi Bigsby is about 3 feet tall and was last seen in all black clothing and Spider-Man flip-flops.
Anyone who finds Codi should call 911.
There was a major search response underway all day and night at and around the complex on Monday and into Tuesday morning. WAVY’s Chopper 10 got footage of the search from above around midday.
Authorities expanded their search in a grid pattern with help from the FBI. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management is also now assisting.
Around 11 p.m., 10 On Your Side was at the apartment complex where Codi was reported missing. We saw forensic units going through a dumpster at the complex. They did remove a mattress from the dumpster, but it’s unclear whether investigators found anything pertinent to the investigation.
Around 4 p.m. Monday, Hampton police gave a press conference regarding the search for Codi.
During the press conference, Hampton Police Chief Mark Talbot stated that Codi’s father, Cory Bigsby, told them that he woke up Monday morning and found that his son was missing. He reported him missing around 9 a.m. He had last seen him around 2 a.m.
Codi lives with his father full-time.
Hampton police say they believe there is no danger to the general public at this point.
“We’ve called every resource and have every resource out here,” said Talbot following numerous offers of support.
Police added that Codi’s mother is also cooperating with authorities and answering their questions.
When asked whether there were signs of foul play at the home where Codi disappeared, Talbot could not comment. However, Talbot added that there are concerns that Codi may not have gone missing at the time his father said he did.
When asked whether they believe Codi is in danger, Talbot said, “We really want to find him.”
As of Monday night, no Amber Alert had been issued for Codi. State Police said that request would have to come from Hampton police. Authorities have said the case currently doesn’t meet criteria for an Amber Alert.
These are the guidelines authorities consider for Amber Alerts:
- There is reasonable belief by law enforcement that an abduction has occurred.
- The law enforcement agency believes that the child is in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death.
- There is enough descriptive information about the victim and the abduction for law enforcement to issue an AMBER Alert to assist in the recovery of the child.
- The abduction is of a child aged 17 years or younger.
- The child’s name and other critical data elements, including the Child Abduction flag, have been entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) system.
Watch the full press conference from Hampton police below
10 On Your Side spoke with a man named Richard, who was volunteering in the search for Codi.
“I have grandkids at the house. One of them happens to be 4-years-old and if it was him, I’d be out there searching for him as well. So I mean, it’s, it’s, somebody’s gotta be out there to find these kids,” Richard said.
Anyone with home surveillance systems or Ring cameras is asked to check their footage and see if there’s anything that could be helpful to police.