Community volunteers help search for Codi Bigsby
While several agencies are involved in efforts to find Codi, dozens of people in the community have wasted no time in offering their help in finding him.
HAMPTON, Va. — Due to so much interest, Hampton Police shared a registration link Tuesday to recruit 50 volunteers to help with the search for missing Codi Bigsby.
Shortly after the posting, the division closed it as seats quickly filled.
Alongside early response agencies, civilians are now part of the large-scale search in the Buckroe Beach section of Hampton.
“It’s a big question mark about what happened to him,” said worried Newport News resident Regina Tucker.
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Crews are primarily focusing on areas near Codi’s home at Buckroe Pointe Apartment Townhomes.
“We just walked around. We check the trash cans. We were going behind the mall,” said Ikelia Chapman, who sprang into action when she saw the four-year-old girl still missing on Tuesday.
“In some neighborhoods we were shouting his name, ‘Codi, Codi,'” Champman added.
Williamsburg couple Rachel Polanco and Andrew Pound also signed up for the Hampton Police Division’s volunteer roster.
“It’s really good to see so many people who are ready and willing to help others in need like this,” Pound said.
Although Polanco and Pound weren’t selected on Tuesday, they were happy to see so much support for the little boy.
“I think it’s a good thing when social media comes into play. We didn’t know the kid and we live 40 minutes away. And now we have his picture,” Polanco said. “We really wanted to help in any way we could.”
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Police are asking those who saw Codi, particularly between Sunday noon and Monday morning, to report their sighting.
“Contact the authorities, say ‘hey, I saw that, now that I think about it, I didn’t feel comfortable – it was in that area.’ Tell the authorities because often it’s the little things we overlook,” said Darnell Howard, another concerned resident who lives in Hampton.
He, Charese Howard and Tucker signed up to help with the search, starting Wednesday.
“I hope we don’t stop until we have the answers and bring this little boy home, one way or another,” Tucker said.
“It touches my heart,” Howard said. “No matter who it is, whether we are blood or not, we are a village.”
Hampton Police said they will reopen the volunteer registration link, if needed. They received an “overwhelming” response and have already started contacting and scheduling interested volunteers, an official told 13News Now.
Codi was last reported wearing black flip flops and Spider-Man. If you have information that may help the police in their search, call Crime Line immediately at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.