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'I think Codi is alive and well': Missing Hampton boy's aunt speaks out during search

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Posted at 11:16 AM, Feb 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-03 16:58:54-05

HAMPTON, Va. - The search for missing 4-year-old Codi Bigsby continues as the police ask the public new questions.

Investigations so far have led authorities to consider Codi’s father, 43-year-old Cory Bigsby, a person of interest in the case.

Related: Father considered person of interest in case of missing 4-year-old Codi Bigsby

As searchers continue to look, Hampton Police is asking the public if they’ve not only seen Codi or Cory, but if they have seen them since Christmas.

Police are also handing out fliers around the area to ensure that the community knows to keep their eyes open for Codi.

This time window of when police are asking if you've seen Codi is a change from the original missing window. The toddler was reported missing on Monday, January 31.

Related: Community comes together to search for missing 4-year-old in Hampton

Police have had multiple press conferences informing the public of the progress they’ve made and what efforts they’re continuously making to find Codi.

News 3 was at the scene Thursday, where we saw forensic teams from the Hampton Police Division entering Cory's apartment with evidence bags and coming out with evidence.

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"Officers on the street are doing their searches at the exact same time investigators are doing their tactics and techniques, like talking to family, friends, local hospitals, police agencies, social services," said Richard James, retired Norfolk Police officer and detective.

Related: 'No stone left unturned': Former detective gives News 3 inside look into Codi Bigsby investigation

On Thursday afternoon, News 3 was at the scene with Codi's aunt. She is Cory's sister and told us, "There's nothing I can say at this point. We retained counsel if you want direct questions to him."

When asked about her brother's innocence, she said there was nothing she could say about that this point.

"I think Codi is alive and well. We just need to find him."

When asked the date of the last time she saw Codi, his aunt said, "That is irrelevant," adding, "If I knew where he was, I would have found him by now, so I don't know. Why would I not think he is alive? Why would anyone rule out fact he is alive?"

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Codi's aunt at the scene

News 3 also learned Thursday that Cory has a lawyer. It's unknown if Cory himself hired the lawyer or his family did so.

If you know anything, you're asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887) or submit a tip online at P3Tips.com or via the P3Tips app.

Related: 'No stone left unturned': Former detective gives News 3 inside look into Codi Bigsby investigation