Mystery of Missing Madalina Cojocari: New timeline reveals chilling details about 11-yr-old girl
CORNELIUS, NORTH CAROLINA: The mother and stepfather of Madalina Cojocari, the missing North Carolina girl, were arrested and charged on Saturday, December 17, after they failed to report her disappearance for three weeks. As the timeline remains shady, a new detail seen in the arrest sheet from the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office shows that Cojocari's stepfather Christopher Palmiter drove to Michigan from their home in North Carolina a day after the child's disappearance. on November 23.
Let's understand the timeline of the disappearance of 11-year-old Madalina Cojocari. On November 23, the girl goes to her room after her mother Diana Cojocari, 37, gets into an argument with Palmiter, 60. On Thanksgiving day, November 24, Palmiter drives to his family's house in Michigan. The same day at around 11.30 am, the mother realizes that Madalina is missing from her room. On November 26, Palmiter returns home and Diana tells him about the disappearance but doesn't report it to the police out of fear of conflict with her husband. Out of suspicion, the school resource officer attempted a home visit as Madalina had been absent since November 21. It wasn't until December 14 that Diana revealed to school counselors that her daughter was missing. According to the recent surveillance video shared by Cornelius PD and FBI Charlotte, Madalina was last seen on November 21.
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This is the last time investigators have independent confirmation of when Madalina was last seen. She got off the bus on 11-21-22, at 4:59 p.m. We are seeking additional witnesses outside of the family to narrow down the exact timeline of when she disappeared. #FindMadalina pic.twitter.com/dkStKHmjjB— FBI Charlotte (@FBICharlotte) December 20, 2022
Understanding the timeline of Madalina Cojocari disappearance
The mother and the stepfather report a missing complaint to officers on December 15 and on December 17, the duo is arrested for failure to report the disappearance of the child. While both asked each other about their daughter's whereabouts, none of them had a hint. The duo appeared in front of a virtual court on Tuesday, December 20, and are being held on a $250,000 bond with the district attorney’s office, indicating that Diana hindered the investigation and "begrudgingly" reported her missing, while Palmiter is being held on a $200,000 bond which has been increased from an initial $100,000 as reported by Queen City News.
PRESS RELEASE - Update on Missing Juvenile pic.twitter.com/cizmJiSP5h— Cornelius Police Department (@CorneliusPD) December 17, 2022
The arrest sheet also states Madalina's disappearance was only reported after her school counselor called the police to the building and encouraged Diana to report her daughter missing. Cornelius Police has stated that Palmiter told the authorities that he last saw Madalina a week before he left for Michigan. It is said that the missing girl is 4ft 10 inches tall, weighs approximately 90 pounds, and has brown eyes and brown hair. She was last seen wearing jeans, pink, purple, and white Adidas shoes, a white t-shirt, and a jacket.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Madalina Cojocari is asked to contact the Cornelius Police Department at 704-892-7773.