Three year old Aaron Cody Stepp, who commonly went by Cody, was last seen playing in a neighbor’s backyard on Hosack Street in Columbus, Ohio 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 seventeen months for two theft convictions. She has a history of drug use and prostitution.
Robyn’s sister, Mickey Stepp, had physical custody of Cody starting in January 1994 and legal custody since December 1996. Mickey told authorities that she believed Cody’s maternal grandmother, Janice Stiles, was supervising him while she went to the store. Stiles claimed that she thought Cody accompanied Mickey on the errand.
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. The judge refused to declare him deceased.
Age progression photo (2015)
Authorities are uncertain what happened to Cody, and have stated they do not necessarily believe he is deceased. His case remains unsolved.
If you have any information regarding Aaron Cody Stepp, please contact the Columbus Police Department 614-645-4670