Madalina Cojocari

Madalina Cojocari: New Photo Shows Missing North Carolina Girl Near Secluded Area Mother’s Car Was Spotted

A new photo of missing North Carolina girl Madalina Cojocari reportedly showed near an area her mother’s car was spotted in November.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, 11-year-old Madalina was reported missing in Cornelius on December 15, although her mother, Diana Cojocari, told police she hasn’t seen her since November 23. The FBI and several other agencies, including the State Bureau of Investigation, have joined the search efforts and investigation.

According to Inside Edition Digital, numerous residents near a remote area in Madison County told investigators that they spotted Cojocari’s car in the area days after the child disappeared. One woman told authorities that she drove by the car parked on the side of the road near Lonesome Mountain. The woman reportedly told police she remembered the vehicle after it later sped past her.

Another person said she saw the vehicle on November 22, in Weaverville, while another person said they saw the car at Weaverville IHOP restaurant on November 25.

The latest photo shows Madalina at the summit of Mount Mitchell in Yancey County, which neighbors Madison County, near the area where Diana’s car was spotted.

According to an arrest affidavit, Diana Cojocari told detectives that she didn’t immediately report Madalina missing because she was concerned that her husband, Christopher Palmiter, 60, would put her family in danger and that it “might start a conflict” with him.

The affidavit also said Palmiter left for Michigan around the time of Madalina’s disappearance, although there has been conflicting information on exactly when he left. Palmiter and Cojocari were arrested and charged with failing to report Madalina missing.

Last month, the FBI released footage from a school bus security camera, which showed Madalina in a white shirt and backpack as she exited the bus at 4:59 p.m. on November 21 in Cornelius.

Diana Cojocari and Christopher Palmiter/Police Handout

“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,” the FBI Charlotte said.

Police said Cojocari “begrudgingly” reported her daughter missing three weeks later, as she “was worried it would affect her relationship with her husband.” The pair reportedly had an argument the night Madalina disappeared, when Palmiter left for Michigan, where his family lives. He returned home on November 26.

Madalina was officially reported missing after school officials arrived at the home for a truancy check on December 12. On December 15, Cojacari met with school officials, and a missing persons report was subsequently filed.

Madalina is described as a white female who stands 4-feet-10-inches tall and weighs around 90 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on Madalina should call the Cornelius Police Department at 704-892-7773. To remain anonymous, call North Mecklenburg Crime Stoppers at 704-896-7867.

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