Police seek eyewitnesses in search for missing girl


CORNELIUS, N.C. (WJZY) — Investigators are seeking firsthand eyewitnesses that may have seen a family member of missing 11-year-old Madalina Cojocari, or a Toyota Prius in the Madison County area, according to the Cornelius Police Department.

“We are seeking firsthand eyewitness information from anyone who may have seen this Toyota Prius or white female in the area between the dates of November 22, 2022, to December 15, 2022,” a police poster said.


Police said one of Madalina’s family members was in the Madison County, North Carolina area. No information was given about how investigators learned the information. WJZY has reached out to Cornelius Police to confirm if the family member refers to Madalina’s mother, Diana Cojorac

The missing girl was last seen as she got off her school bus in Cornelius on Nov. 21, 2022.

The FBI told NewsNation affiliate WJZY that to their knowledge, the photos on the poster were taken before Nov. 21.

Her mother and stepfather, Christopher Palmiter, reportedly said they last saw Madalina on November 23.

According to a Mecklenburg County warrant obtained by WJZY, Diana Cojocari and Palmiter had an argument on Nov. 23. During the argument, Madalina went into her room to go to bed around 10 p.m. Palmiter then decided to drive to Michigan, where he has family, to pick up items. Around 11:30 a.m. the following day, Cojocari went into Madalina’s room to check on her, and Madalina was gone.

Palmiter was told about Madalina’s disappearance three days later, records showed, and Cojocari said she waited three weeks to report her disappearance because she was worried it would affect her relationship with her husband.

If you have firsthand information that could help detectives, please contact the Cornelius Police Department at 704-892-7773 or contact your local FBI office.

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