Aaron Cody Stepp was born on September 24, 1993 and was just 3 years old when he went missing in Columbus, Ohio. On March 11, 1997, Cody was reported missing and still has not been found. While foul play is definitely suspected, Columbus Police have not been able to determine if ‘Cody’ is alive or dead and just what exactly happened to him. Cody is still listed as ‘endangered, missing’ more than 15 years after his disappearance.
Cody was reported missing by his aunt, Mickey Stepp, who had legal custody, due to Cody’s mother, Robyn Stepp, being incarcerated on theft charges. The aunt lived with her mother, Janice Stiles. When police responded to the report of Cody having gone missing while playing in a neighbor’s yard on Hosack St. on the south side of Columbus, they uncovered a considerable amount of conflicting and otherwise suspicious information.
Janice Stiles told police that she thought Mickey had taken her grandson to the store with her. Mickey Stepp told police that she thought the child was with Stiles. Even though 3-year-old Aaron Cody Stepp was reported missing from the backyard on Hosack St., no one seemed to remember seeing him there. Even more strange is that other family members reported to investigators that they had not seen little Cody for several months. No toys or clothing was found to even indicate Cody lived with his aunt and grandmother. His own mother, released from prison just a day after Cody went missing, according to The Charley Project, stated that her mother and aunt had refused to let her speak to her son and that she had not talked to him for more than a year before he was reported missing.
Even with mounting suspicion that foul play was involved in the disappearance of Aaron Cody Stepp, Columbus police have never been able to definitively link Cody’s grandmother, his aunt, now deceased, or anyone else to his disappearance. Cody is featured on America’s Most Wanted and The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children .
The Columbus Ohio Police Department has not given up hope for finding out what happened to Aaron Cody Stepp. His unsolved case remains open. Perhaps someone with information will call the Columbus Police Department Missing Persons Department at 614-645-4670 and report what they know so that Cody may be reunited with his family or properly laid to rest.