Madalina Cojocari was the Stepfather of the Missing Girl. She went to Michigan on the Day She Disappeared. Girl’s Mother says so.


North Carolina continues the search for Madalina Copocari.

It has now been 42 days since Diana Cojocari saw her 11-year-old daughter on the evening of Nov. 23, a fact that she did not share with police until Dec. 15 when she finally confirmed her daughter was missing. 

Cojocari and her husband, Christopher Palmiter, remain behind bars for failing to report Madalina’s disappearance, but have offered up no information that might help with the investigation, according to police.

The two have also remained vague about a trip that Palmiter took just hours after Cojocari, 37, last saw her daughter, with the few details they did share contained in an Arrest sheet Sourced by Inside Edition Digital 

That document claims that Palmiter, 50, left on a lengthy road trip just hours after Cojocari last saw her daughter on Nov. 23.

“Diana stated her and her husband, Christopher Palmiter argued that night and the next morning he drove to his family’s house in Michigan to recover some items,”The arrest sheet reads. 

“Diana Cojocari stated she went to check on Madalina around 1130 hours on the 24th and noticed Madalina was not in her room.”

When the interviewing officer asked why she did not report her daughter missing for three weeks, Cojocari said “she was worried it might start a ‘conflict’ between her and Christopher,” according to the arrest sheet.

The interviewing officer then instructed Cojocari to have her husband contact him, at which point police say Palmiter told them that he did in fact leave on the morning of Nov. 24.

According to the arrest record, Palmiter left Michigan just 48 hours after leaving. He arrived back in North Carolina the night of Nov. 26. 

Although it is not yet clear where he went to Michigan, he did work in Holland previously, which is approximately 750 miles from Cornelius. 

That trip would require close to 24 hours of driving to get to Michigan and back. 

When asked his reason for the trip, Palmiter responded that he needed to “pick up items.”

Cojocari, he and Cojocari did not give any additional information about Madalina’s trip to Michigan or the reasons they didn’t report her missing. 

They are now frustrating the local police by their silence. 

“This is a serious case of a child whose parents are clearly not telling us everything they know,” Capt. Jenny Thomas from the Cornelius Police Department stated last week.

Capt. Thomas invites anyone with information regarding Madalina to contact him. 

Both Palmiter and Cojocari’s interviews with  Officer Nobles took place on Dec. 15. According to jail records, they were taken into custody two days later.

A spokesperson for the Cornelius Police Department previously told Inside Edition Digital that school employees had called the girl’s mother on several occasions prior to inquire about her absence from school.

The FBI remains involved in the investigation.

Inside Edition Digital is also now learning that all search warrants related to the case will now be kept under seal. 

Palmiter is being held in a $200,000 bail while Cojocari is being held in a $250,000 bond. Jail records also note that Palmiter was booked 12 hours before his wife on Dec. 17.

They will also have to surrender their passports if they are granted bond.

According to state records there is no attorney assigned or listed for either party.

The last confirmed sighting of Madalina was on Nov. 21, when she was seen on video exiting a school bus at 4:59 p.m., just days before Thanksgiving. Later, the FBI released that video.

According to school officials, she did not report to school on Tuesday or Wednesday prior to the holiday weekend.


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