North Carolina police have released a new photo of Madalina Cojocari, a missing 11-year-old girl whose disappearance was reported to police nearly two months ago.
Madalina’s disappearance wasn’t made known to Cornelius police until Dec. 15, when her mother, Diana Cojocari, told school officials and local police that she hadn’t seen her daughter since she went to her bedroom the night of Nov. 23 around 10 p.m. after she and her husband, Christopher Palmiter, got into an argument, court documents state.
“It has been 85 days since Madalina was last seen getting off her school bus on November 21, 2022. It has been 61 days since Cornelius Police learned on December 15, 2022, Madalina was missing,” the Cornelius Police Department (CPD) said in a Tuesday social media post. “‘[CPD], the SBI and the FBI continue to search for Madalina. Detectives are working tirelessly and are following up on many leads to bring Madalina home.”
In December, authorities arrested and charged Diana Cojocari and Palmiter with failure to report a missing child to law enforcement after Madalina’s disappearance from her hometown in Cornelius, which is just north of Charlotte, around Nov. 23, 2022.