April 20, 2024

Madalina Cojocari: New images emerge of a missing girl who disappeared last year amid allegations that her stepfather sold her.

North Carolina police newly unsealed search warrants revealed surveillance photos showing a man and a girl matching the description of missing 12-year-old Madalina Cojocari after she disappeared.

Madalina was last seen at school in November 2022, but her mother Diana Cojocari, 37, and stepfather Christopher Palmiter, 60, did not report her missing to police until December 15.

The Sugar Mountain police department of the North Carolina State Police obtained the surveillance photos from Dec. 16 that show a girl and a man, said to be Madalina’s “only known blood relative” who lives in the United States, the documents said.

The new unsealed warrant applications from December last year and March 2023 provide additional information, which shows Ms Cojocari sent a text message on December 2 last year suggesting she was in the company of the missing child.

Two days later, on December 4, Ms Cojocari claimed she was looking for Madalina in the mountains of North Carolina.

On December 3, 2022, Ms. Cojocari was seen at a service station in Hickory, North Carolina, where she got her car’s oil changed.

The attendant confirmed that there were children’s toys in the vehicle, but there was no sign of Madalina inside the car, according to information in one of the warrant applications from December 19, 2022.

“On December 16, 2022, the Sugar Mountain Police Department provided surveillance photos of a young man and woman. The appearance of the man in the surveillance images was physically consistent with Octavian Cebanu, the only blood relative known to live in the United States,” the document said.

“The young woman in the surveillance images was physically consistent with the missing child, Madalina Cojocari.”

One of the unsealed warrants also showed Ms. Cojocari and Madalina’s grandmother discussed the theory that her stepfather sold the girl, CNN reported.

In the warrant, released in March, Madalina’s mother and grandmother discussed the theory during a recorded jailhouse phone call that Mr. Palmiter gave “to the girl for money.” They also discussed “a bag of money” and “withdrawing money,” the warrant said.

Ms. Cojocari and her husband, Madalina’s stepfather, Mr. Palmiter, were arrested in December for failing to report the disappearance of a child to law enforcement.

The warrant also said that Ms. Cojocari approached Mr. Cebanu to “kick” her and Madalina out of their home because she had a “bad relationship” with Mr. Palmiter.

“This is a serious case of a child whose parents are clearly not telling us everything they know,” Cornelius police captain Jennifer Thompson said in a video statement earlier this year.

“We know everyone has a lot of questions. We also have questions and are doing everything we can, with appropriate legal authority, to get those answers.”

“Ms. Cojocari and Mr. Palmiter were adamant that they did not know where Madalina could be,” the warrant applications said.

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