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Missing Aaron Cody Stepp
Aaron at age 17 months (circa February 1994; more recent photos are unavailable); Age progression forensics photo to age 22 (circa 2015)
Missing Since 03/11/1997
Classification Endangered Missing
Date of Birth Used 09/24/1993 (27)
Age 3 years old
Height and Weight 3'2, 39 pounds
Clothing/Jewelry Description A red jacket, blue sweatpants and black and white high-top sneakers.
Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian male. Blond hair, blue eyes. Aaron goes by his middle name, Cody, and most accounts refer to him by that name.
Details of Disappearance Cody was reportedly last seen playing in a neighbor's backyard on Hosack Street in Columbus, Ohio at approximately 7:00 p.m. on March 11, 1997. He has never been heard from again.
Cody vanished the day before his mother, Robyn Y. Stepp, was released from prison. She served 17 months for two theft convictions. She has a history of drug use and prostitution
Robyn attempted to have her son declared legally deceased in 1998, approximately 17 months after he was reported missing. She claimed that Mickey and Stiles withheld information regarding Aaron's disappearance. Several family members testified that they had not seen the child for several months prior to March 1997.
Mickey and Stiles denied allegations that they allowed Cody to be removed from their home in order to receive illegal monthly welfare benefits of $279. One of Stiles's children testified that she physically abused her children in the past.
Stiles's two-year-old daughter died in 1964. The cause of death was listed as bronchitis, but numerous burns were found on the child's body. Authorities closed the case without filing charges against anyone.
Investigators were unable to locate evidence suggesting Cody even resided with Mickey and Stiles after he was reported missing. Authorities said that there was no clothing, toys or photos connected to the child inside the home, and neighbors stated they had not seen Cody for about a year prior to his reported disappearance.
Robyn testified that she saw Cody for the final time on December 18, 1995. She claimed that her mother and sister refused to allow her to speak to her son when she called from prison.
Investigators testified that they suspected foul play was involved in Cody's case, but could not produce evidence to support the theory. The judge refused to declare the child legally deceased due to the inconclusive nature of his case.
There was an unconfirmed sighting of Cody in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania on July 12, 1997, four months after he disappeared. The witness reportedly saw a child fitting Cody's description between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. at DeFluri's Restaurant on Benner Pike.
Mickey died of natural causes in 2004. She maintained her innocence in her nephew's case until the end.
Authorities are uncertain what happened to Cody, and have stated they do not necessarily believe he is deceased. His case remains unsolved.
Investigating Agency / Department
Columbus Police Department
Additional missing person information
https://collegian.psu.edu/default.htm" target="_blank">The Digital Collegian">
https://mcc.ag.state.oh.us"> Ohio Missing Children Clearinghouse">
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