Madalina Cojocari

Madalina Cojocari: FBI Highlights Search for North Carolina Girl Who Vanished Nearly 6 Months Ago

The FBI Charlotte continues to actively search for Madalina Cojocari, a missing North Carolina girl who hasn’t been seen since November 2022.

On National Missing Children’s Day, the bureau uploaded a video explaining the circumstances of Madalina’s disappearance, while Cornelius police in North Carolina shared new footage on Saturday. The video shows Madalina, 11, at the pool and the beach while wearing a mermaid costume.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, police arrested Madeline’s mother, Diana Cojocari, in December 2022 for failing to report her daughter missing. Madalina hasn’t been seen since November 21, 2022; police learned about her disappearance a month later, when a Cornelius school resource officer contacted the defendant about the child’s absences.

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

Palmiter was also arrested in December 2022 and charged with failure to report a child missing.

“She told him she was in a bad relationship with co-defendant Christopher Palmiter and wanted a divorce,” the warrant read.

Diana Cojocari and Christopher Palmiter/Cornelius Police Department

Previous arrest records state that Cojocari and Palmiter were arguing the night Madalina disappeared. Cojocari reportedly claimed that she feared Palmiter put Madalina in danger.

The latest court documents indicate that a K-9 police dog picked up on a narcotics smell inside Cojocari’s green 2008 Toyota Prius during a February 10 search. Police seized the car, along with Cojocari’s Romanian passport, a Moldovan debit card, Madalina’s Moldovan and Romanian passports, and miscellaneous documents found inside the vehicle.

Cojocari is also accused of making multiple calls to “unidentified targets” said to be involved in ongoing narcotic trafficking investigations, according to court documents.

Police wrote in the search warrant that typically, “persons associated with narcotics activity are also associated with human smuggling.” No drugs were found in Cojocari and Palmiter’s home.
Madalina Cojocari on school bus
Madalina Cojocari

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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