North American Missing Persons Network
Aaron Cody Stepp

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Above Images: Stepp, circa 1997;
Far Right: Age-progression by NCMEC to age 22

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 11, 1997 from Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: September 24, 1993
  • Age: 3
  • Height: 3'2"
  • Weight: 39 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Blond
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Clothing: Red jacket, blue sweatpants and black
    and white high-top tennis shoes.
  • AKA: "Cody"
  • Case Number: 252937

  • Details of Disappearance
    Aaron was reportedly last seen playing in a neighbor's backyard on Hosack Street in Columbus, Ohio at approximately 7:00 PM on March 11, 1997. Aaron has never been heard from again. At the time of his disappearance, his aunt had custody of him because his mother, Robin Stepp, was serving a prison sentence. His aunt reported him missing the day before his mother's release. Mickey Stepp, who died in 2004, was Cody Stepp's legal guardian from when he was 4 months old because of his mother's history of drug use and prostitution.

    Police soon began doubting the scenario outlined by Mickey Stepp and Cody's grandmother Janice Stiles, who lived with Mickey Stepp and Cody. The investigation revealed that no neighbors or relatives could recall seeing Cody for nearly a year before he was reported missing. A search of the home shared by Stiles and Mickey Stepp turned up little evidence that a child his age lived there.

    His sister believes he was taken to West Virginia where the family is originally from, and may have ben sold or given away. Authorities through the years have dug at several sites for Cody's body but found nothing.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Columbus Police Department

    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Columbus Police Department
    Ohio Missing Children Clearinghouse