The last time missing 11-year-old Madalina Cojocari was seen, according to camera evidence provided by North Carolina police, she was getting off her school bus.
The camera shows the sixth-grader getting off at her stop on November 21 at 4:59 p.m., which Cornelius police say is “the last time we have independent confirmation of when she was last seen,” which is about 20 miles north of Charlotte.
Madalina can be seen in the video sporting a gray T-shirt and a ponytail. A backpack’s black straps can be seen.
Madalina’s mother and stepfather reportedly informed detectives they last saw her on November 23. However, officials are now looking for additional witnesses outside of the family to determine the precise time frame of her disappearance.
When Madalina’s mother, Diana Cojocari, reported her missing to Bailey Middle School on December 15, a police investigation into the girl’s abduction was started.
The mother was approached “on multiple occasions” by school staff to find out the reason Madalina wasn’t at school before the report was made.
Diana Cojocari, 37, and Madalina’s stepfather, Christopher Palmiter, 60, were detained on Saturday and charged with failing to notify authorities of a child’s absence after it had been three weeks since anybody had heard of the youngster.
The State Bureau of Investigation and the FBI are assisting in the hunt.
According to police, as a precaution, officers are conducting land and water searches in Lake Cornelius in addition to the region around Madalina’s house.
Madalina is characterized as being 90 pounds in weight, 4 feet, 10 inches tall, with brown eyes and hair.
Calling the Cornelius Police Department at 704-892-7773 will connect you to the department’s information line. The girl’s mother waited three weeks to tell her ex-husband because she thought it would hurt their current relationship she also waited three weeks to contact the police and let them know she was missing.