NC MADALINA COJOCARI: Missing from Cornelius, NC - 23 Nov 2022 - Age 11 *Reported December 15


11-year-old Cornelius girl missing since November, police say​

Police are looking for a child out of Cornelius who has been missing since the day before Thanksgiving.

According to the Cornelius Police Department, officers began investigating a missing person’s report involving a juvenile on Thursday.

The parents of the child, identified as 11-year-old Madalina Cojocari, reported her missing to the Bailey Middle School school resource officer, where she attends.

Police said the child was last seen at home on the evening of Nov. 23 and has not been seen since.

Cornelius police searching for missing 11-year-old girl​

The Cornelius Police Department is searching for an 11-year-old girl who has been reported missing.

Police said they began investigating after the parents of Madalina Cojocari reported her missing to a school research officer at Bailey Middle School on Dec. 15.

Cojocari was last seen at her home on the evening of Nov. 23, according to police.

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First Published: 9:31 AM PDT, May 24, 2023

Madalina Cojocari is still missing six months after she was last seen getting off the school bus near her home in Cornelius, North Carolina, on Nov. 21.

Police arrested her mother, Diana Cojocari, and stepfather, Christopher Palmiter, on charges of failing to report the disappearance of a child back on Dec. 17, and the two remain in custody at the Mecklenburg County Jail awaiting an Aug. 11 hearing.

The two also refuse to offer any information about what happened to Madalina according to law enforcement, despite multiple people now reporting that they saw Diana in western North Carolina in the days after her daughter's disappearance.

Now, a new sighting and the emergence of a mysterious private investigator is deepening the mystery around Madalina's disappearance.


"On Thursday, February 10, 2023, Cornelius Police Department Detectives and NCSBI Agents reviewed phone records for Diana Cojocari [Phone number redacted]. When reviewing phone numbers that defendant, Cojocari, contacted, she had an extensive communication on December 2, 2022 with a known subject, Octavian Cebanu (Phone Number [redacted])," Det. Patterson writes. "In reviewing this subject's phone records, there was multiple calls to phone numbers belonging to unidentified targets involved in ongoing T3 drag/narcotic trafficking investigations," according to the affidavit.

Diana remains quiet however, much like she did in the weeks after her daughter went missing, for reasons that are still unknown.


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By Dave Faherty,
May 23, 2023 at 5:48 pm EDT

BURKE COUNTY, N.C. — Channel 9 has learned a private investigator is questioning people in Burke County in the search for missing Cornelius girl Madalina Cojocari.

Video shows Madalina getting off her school bus on Nov. 21, which is the day investigators say she was last seen at Bailey Middle School.

Channel 9′s Dave Faherty spoke to a woman who contacted the sheriff about the private investigator. He was spotted in the Oak Hill community north of Morganton. Deputies said one off the encounters happened along Tellis Lane, and the other was on Spainhour Road.


Now, we’re learning that a private investigator has been spotted twice in Burke County this month asking people if they’ve seen Madalina.

Faherty spoke to a witness by phone on Tuesday. She said the man pulled up in an SUV and claimed he was a private investigator working the case.

“He rolled down his window and said that he was a private investigator, and asked me if I had seen this girl, and showed me the missing persons flyer,” she said. “I had asked him if she had been seen on that road specifically, and he said no, just in the area.”

It isn’t the first time Channel 9 has heard a private investigator is working the case.

Law enforcement sources confirmed to Channel 9 that Diana Cojocari was spotted asleep in her car two hours from Cornelius in Madison County the night of Dec. 4 into the early morning hours of Dec. 5. That was before she reported Madalina was missing. Deputies said Madalina was not in the car at that time.

After deputies and the State Bureau of Investigation searched the area, a store owner told Channel 9 a private investigator hired by the Cojocaris asked several questions about the case.

In Burke County, many of the people Faherty spoke with had questions of their own about why someone would be looking there.

“You would think they would be looking in Cornelius instead of coming out here in the middle of the woods,” said resident Chad Weisner.

“He must know something about her and what’s happened,” resident Lisa Honeycutt said.

The sheriff’s office said they reached out to Cornelius police and were told they had no information that Madalina was taken to the Burke County area. They have stepped up patrols in the area as a precaution.

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