Missing Madalina Cojocari’s parents ‘clearly’ conceal information: police

The mother and stepfather of missing North Carolina girl Madalina Cojocari “clearly” withhold information about her disappearance, police said.

Cornelius Police Department Captain Jennifer Thompson on Tuesday accused Diana Cojocari, 37, and her husband, Christopher Palmiter, 60, of failing to disclose everything they knew about the student’s disappearance. sixth grade, who was reported missing three weeks after her last sighting. .

“This is a serious case of a child whose parents are clearly not telling us everything they know,” Thompson said in a video update on the investigation.

Both Cojocari and Palmiter were charged with failing to report a missing child to law enforcement.

Both parents were scheduled to appear in court later Wednesday for a bail hearing.

Madalina Cojocari, 11, has been missing for a month, but her mother did not report her missing to her school until mid-December.
Cornelius Police Department

According to court documents released last week, Madalina’s mother told police she “believed her husband had put his family at risk”.

In an affidavit obtained by Queen City News, Cojocari told detectives that on November 23 – the night she claimed she last saw her 11-year-old daughter – the mother had a fight with her husband and he left. to stay with family in Michigan.

Cojocari said she last saw Madalina going to her room at 10 a.m. that evening.

The next morning she went to see Madalina and realized that she was not at home, but she waited three days to inform her husband of the child’s disappearance.

Diana Cojocari has been charged with failing to report a missing child after waiting three weeks before reporting Madalina missing.
Diana Cojocari has been charged with failing to report a missing child after waiting three weeks before reporting Madalina missing.
Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Off
Cojocari claimed her husband, Christopher Palmiter, put their family "in danger" and left the night Madalina was last seen at home.
Cojocari claimed her husband, Christopher Palmiter, put their family “in danger” and left the night Madalina was last seen at home.
Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Off

Police ‘asked Diana why she hadn’t reported Madalina missing until ‘mid-December, and she’ said she feared it would spark a ‘conflict’ between her and Christopher,’ wrote officials in the affidavit.

In Tuesday’s update, Thompson said Madalina school officials repeatedly tried to contact her family to ask about her absences. But it wasn’t until December 15 that Diana went to the school to report her daughter missing.

Since then, the FBI and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation have joined the search for the missing girl, which has involved hundreds of officers and agents.

Thompson said cops followed 250 leads “across state lines and around the world,” surveyed 245 homes and businesses in the community where the girl lived, and interviewed hundreds of people.

Capt. Jennifer Thompson of the Cornelius Police Department said in a video update Tuesday that Madalina's parents "clearly" don't tell the cops everything they know.
Capt. Jennifer Thompson of the Cornelius Police Department said in a video update Tuesday that Madalina’s parents are “clearly” not telling cops everything they know.
Cornelius Police Department

Last week the FBI released video footage of Madalina getting off a school bus on November 21, highlighting that it was the last confirmed sighting of her, two days before her mother claimed to have her last seen.

“We know everyone has a lot of questions,” the police captain said in the video. “We also have questions and are doing everything we can, with the proper legal authority, to get those answers.”

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