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FBI joins search for missing Hampton toddler

Codi Bigsby
Posted at 11:20 AM, Jan 31, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-01 11:19:25-05

Click here for the latest updates: "Most interested in Codi's parents"; Hampton Police need public's help to find missing boy

HAMPTON, Va. - Hampton Police need the public's help locating a missing 4-year-old boy.

Codi Bigsby was last seen in his father's home at 2 a.m. Monday.

According to police, around 9 a.m., they were called to the 100 block of Ranalet Drive for a missing juvenile. When they arrived at the scene, they spoke with Codi's father, who said he was last seen in his home.

Police describe Codi as a 4-year-old boy who is approximately 3' tall. He was last seen wearing all-black clothing and Spider-Man flip-flops.

Codi Bigsby
Codi Bigsby

Police said the family is cooperating with them at this time and the FBI is on the scene helping Hampton Police. Police tell us an AMBER Alert has not been made in this case because "it does not meet the criteria."

Buckroe Point Apartments/Townhomes are still being searched, and police tell News 3 they're asking neighbors for any surveillance video.

A news conference with Hampton Police Chief Mark Talbot took place at 3:30 p.m. Monday.

During the press conference, Chief Talbot said Codi's dad said he woke up Monday morning and found his son was missing. The father said he looked all over and Codi was nowhere to be found.

Officers searched again and were also unable to find Codi. Police say other young children were in the home and they are safe.

Every resource Hampton Police could think of is there helping in the search, police said. Police will be working until they find Codi. They said they do not believe Codi is with another family member.

Police do not believe there is any danger to the general public now.

One Hampton man says he has a grandson who is Codi’s age. Hearing that Codi is missing hit home for him.

"Back when the Noah Tomlin case happened, when he first came up missing, they didn’t allow the public to help search. I’m not going to let that happen. I’m going to be out here searching," Richard, a Hampton resident, said.

Richard says he’s been driving around town looking for Codi, searching for any clues.

"I started over here by the church at the other side where the sub station is and walked around the sub station and looked up and down the ditch. When I got down there, I started at Salt Ponds and worked my way all the way down, then went down every road back from Salt Ponds to Colonial Acres," Richard said.

Police say Codi’s parents have been cooperating with authorities.

A News 3 investigation revealed that more than 5,000 children reported missingacross the country database do not fit the following criteria for an AMBER Alert:

  1. The abducted child must be 17 years of age or younger or is currently enrolled in a secondary school in the Commonwealth, regardless of age, and the law enforcement agency believes the child has been abducted (unwillingly taken from their environment without permission from the child’s parent or legal guardian).
  2. The law enforcement agency believes the missing child is in imminent danger of serious bodily harm or death.
  3. A law enforcement investigation has taken place that verified the abduction or eliminated alternative explanations.
  4. Sufficient information is available to disseminate to the public that could assist in locating the child, suspect, and/or the suspect’s vehicle.
  5. The Child must be entered into the Virginia Criminal Information Network (VCIN) and the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) missing person files as soon as practical.

Police do not need assistance from the public at this time, but if anyone sees or knows anything, they should call the police or the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887).

News 3 has a crew on scene, and Monday night we saw cops searching through a dumpster at the apartment complex. Three men dressed in what appears to be HAZMAT suits sifted through the trash.

Related: Breakdown of local city protocols to find missing children and AMBER Alert criteria