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Hampton police search near home of Codi Bigsby, as tributes grow for the missing 4-year-old

A Hampton Police spokesperson said investigators collected a clothing item from the area, but he said it is unknown if it belonged to the missing child.

HAMPTON, Va. — Hampton Police searched an area near the home of missing 4-year-old Codi Bigsby. 

13News Now reporter Angelique Arintok reported police activity near the Buckroe Pointe Apartments complex in Hampton Saturday around 8 p.m. 

Police cleared the scene around 9:15 p.m. 

The Hampton apartment complex is where the child lives, and where Codi's father, Cory Bigsby, reportedly told police he was last seen. 

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Community members told 13News Now a woman spotted a kid's jacket earlier in the day and reported the discovery to the police.

A Hampton Police spokesperson said investigators responded to the area and collected a clothing item, but he said it is unknown if it belonged to the missing child. 

Forensic units arrived on the scene, and at least one K-9 could be seen aiding in the search. 

Codi was reported missing on January 31. 

Hampton Police Chief Mark Talbot has said they are no longer searching every day by foot, but the division has moved to a more evidence and intelligence-based approach. 

The boy's father, Cory Bigsby, is a "person of interest" and remains jailed without bond on unrelated felony child neglect charges.

Credit: Angelique Arintok 13NewsNow
Hampton Police Division forensic unit arrived on scene near home of missing 4-year-old boy, Codi Bigsby, Saturday night.

While some members of the community are continuing their search efforts, tributes for missing Codi Bigsby keep growing in the Buckroe section of Hampton.

Members of the community told 13News Now they want to raise awareness about the case and show their love for Codi – even if they’ve never met him.

“We love Codi," said Carolyn Pugh, a Hampton resident. 

“And we want him to be found," said Belinda Miles, another Hampton resident. 

Out by the Bigsbys home in the Buckroe Pointe Apartments complex, three Spider-Man action figures now sit at the base of a tree.

Hampton Police said the four-year-old was reportedly last seen wearing all black clothing and Spider-Man flip-flops.

Codi’s father reported him missing nearly two weeks ago. 

“Every picture that we see of him, it’s sad," Pugh added. 

The community has shown an outpouring of support by passing out flyers, searching and by adding onto tribute sites.

Near the beachside, a tree decorated with flowers and toys stands off South First Street.

Stuffed animals, balloons and posters for Codi line a fence by a soccer field near the Bigsby home. 

Credit: 13News Now

A group of Hampton Roads locals, including Pugh, Miles, Mary Owens and Corinthia Russell, decided to tie up some of the items because of the impending weather on Sunday.

They said they don’t know Codi personally, but their faith remains strong.

“We’re asking the community to pray, to pray for him, to pray for his safe return because he’s only four," said Pugh. 

“He can’t help himself, so we’re out here to help him," Owens added. 

A red box is one of the new additions to the soccer field tribute site Saturday night. 

Nikki Lyell, another member of the community, set it down so that people can drop off Valentine’s Day cards for Codi, if they’d like.

Credit: Contributed, Nikki Lyell

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