The parents of a North Carolina 11-year-old girl who was last seen at her home are under arrest after they waited around three weeks to report her missing, the FBI said.
According to the Cornelius Police Department, Diana Cojocari, 37, and Christopher Palmiter, 60 — the mother and stepfather of the girl, Madalina Cojocari — were arrested on the morning of Dec. 17 and charged with failure to report the disappearance of a child to law enforcement.
According to the FBI, Madalina “was last seen on surveillance video getting off her school bus outside her home in Cornelius, North Carolina, on Nov. 21, 2022, and has not been seen since.”
Jail records show Cojocari and Palmiter were both booked into the Mecklenburg County Detention Center. Cojocari was being held on $250,000 bond, while Palmiter was being held on $200,000 bond.
“This is a serious case of a child whose parents clearly are not telling us everything they know,” Cornelius police Capt. Jennifer Thompson said on Dec. 27.
“One of the challenges in this case, simply put, we were not notified she was gone," she continued, noting, “Investigators have developed and followed nearly 250 leads spanning across state lines and across the globe.”
Madalina has brown hair and eyes, weighs around 90 pounds and is 4’ 10” tall. She was last seen wearing jeans, pink, purple and white Adidas shoes, and a white t-shirt and jacket.
Anyone with information related to the case is requested to contact the Cornelius Police Department at (704) 892-7773. Information can also be provided anonymously by calling the Mecklenburg Crime Stoppers at (704) 896-7867
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