True Crime Society – Madalina Cojocari (11)

October 10, 2023by Naomi Cramer

Madalina Cojocari was 11 years previous when she went lacking in November 2022 from Cornelius, North Carolina. 

Based on the FBI , Madalina was final seen on surveillance video getting off her faculty bus outdoors her dwelling in Cornelius, North Carolina, on November 21, 2022, and has not been seen since. She was reported lacking to her faculty on December 15, 2022. Her parents reported final seeing her on November 23, 2022.

Madalina was residing in Cornelius along with her mom and stepfather, Diana Cojocari and Christopher Palmiter.  I consider Madalina was born in Moldova and she or he moved with Diana to the NZ when she was a toddler.  I’ve seen her birthdate listed as April 11, 2011.

As of November 2022, Diana was 37 and Christopher was 60.

The family are stated to have been quiet and so they primarily saved to themselves.

“Our good friend who we all know [the Cojocari family] by means of stated that to us, like, that they had no mates. That’s why they might come to this family-friend get-together. That was actually one in every of their solely social instances,” Michele Clark Triscitti, one in every of Diana Cojocari’s 16 mates on Fb, informed Fox Information Digital.

Diana was additionally described  as “quiet” and “type of on the outskirts” through the group trip, which was organized by a giant group of mates who had been shut with Christopher “years in the past.”

“Nothing out of the norm. . . . Simply extra of a quiet, to-themselves type of household. They did interact and discuss and work together and have conversations with everybody — simply extra quiet.” .

Madalina gave the impression to be a typical child.  “We’re fairly shocked. My son would play with Madalina yearly once we would have these holidays. They’d hang around and play and do child issues, so yeah, it’s fairly surprising,” Clark Triscitti stated, including that Madalina was “a hundred percent” a traditional little lady, primarily based on what she had noticed through the group journeys.

When it comes to a timeline for Madalina’s case, Monday November 21, 2022 is the final day that anybody outdoors the household noticed her.

Mrs D Lampkin who’s a sixth-grade faculty counselor at Madalina’s faculty (Bailey Center Faculty in Cornelius) later informed police that this was Madalina’s final recorded day at college.

There’s additionally CCTV footage of Madalina getting off the varsity bus today at 4.59pm 

We’ll leap ahead just a little bit – Madalina was reported lacking on December 15, 2022.  

On December 12, 2022, Bailey Center Faculty Useful resource Officer J. Nobles and Mrs. D. Lampkin went to Madalina’s dwelling as a result of the child had not attended faculty since late November.  No one answered the door and so they left a truancy packet on the dwelling.  

The college counselor then known as Diana on December 14, 2022 and requested to fulfill about Madalina and her truancy from faculty.  Diana informed the counselor that she would deliver Madalina into the varsity the next day.

Diana arrived to the varsity on December 15 with out Madalina, so the sixth-grade faculty counselor calls the varsity useful resource officer into the assembly. Diana informed them that Madalina went lacking on November 22 at midday. Diana later modified her story and stated that she truly final noticed Madalina on November 23 at 10 p.m.

After Madalina was reported lacking, police went to her dwelling for the primary time on December 15.

When detectives arrived, they discovered that a part of the kitchen was blocked off with plywood. Christopher informed police he was constructing a separate residence, per court paperwork. 

Police bought a search warrant and searched different elements of the house on that day.   

They seized two telephones on the time.

As soon as police began investigating, they put collectively a timeline of what occurred after Madalina was final seen on CCTV on the bus.

On November 23, 2022, Christopher stated he drove to Auckland to “decide up objects.” He additionally informed police that by that date, he hadn’t seen Madalina for per week.

November 23 is the day that Diana informed police she seen Madalina was lacking.  

Diana additionally informed police that Christopher truly left for Auckland on November 24, not November 23 as per his story.  She stated the couple had argued the night time earlier than he left for Auckland.  

Christopher returned dwelling on November 26, 2022.  He informed police that when he bought again, he requested Diana the place Madalina was, and Diana stated she didn’t know the place she was. Christopher informed authorities he informed Diana he didn’t know the place Madalina was both. They each reportedly accused one another of hiding Madalina. Regardless of not with the ability to discover Madalina, neither grownup reported her lacking.

Christopher informed police he requested Diana many instances the place Madalina was over the next weeks.  Court paperwork say that he requested Diana if she had hidden Madalina and she or he wouldn’t give him a straight reply.

When police requested Diana why she didn’t report Madalina lacking, she stated that she was frightened it could create battle between her and Christopher.  

Diana additionally informed police that she contacted her household in Moldova in regards to the scenario and so they suggested her to contact the police.  She informed them that Christopher had put the household at risk.  She additionally informed police that Madalina didn’t have a cellphone and {that a} backpack and a few garments had been lacking from the home.  She stated that Madalina didn’t have any mates that she would have gone to stick with, and so they had no shut household within the nation.

On November 30, 2022, officers stated they had been known as to the couple’s dwelling after a small fireplace was seen “burning between this deal with and the automotive wash.”  A neighbor later informed police that Diana was burning what turned out to be furnishings within the yard.

Police consider that sooner or later between November 22 and December 15, Diana drove her Prius to Madison County, North Carolina.

“In a textual content message on December 2, 2022, Diana Cojocari indicated she was within the presence of the lacking child,” authorities wrote. “On December 4, 2022, Diana Cojocari traveled towards the NC mountains claiming to be trying to find Madalina.”

Diana was seen at a service station in Hickory, North Carolina on December. 3, 2022. She was getting an oil change.

“The attendant verified that whereas children’s toys had been contained in the automotive, no minor child (Madalina) was current within the automotive,” court paperwork state.

On December 16, 2022, Sugar Mountain Police Division offered investigators with pictures of a person and a feminine child.  The child resembled Madalina and the person was recognized as Octavian Cebanu.  Octavian is a distant relative of Madalina and Diana.

This info was not made public till 2023 so we are going to come again to it, in line with the story being informed chronologically.

Additionally on December 16, Christopher despatched a textual content message by way of Fb acknowledging the household was “in some type of investigation.” He stated Madalina was lacking and the police took all of their electronics aside from an previous cellphone and his private pc. Christopher stated he believed the police missed the pc which Diana used to name her parents, the message states.

“We’re in some type of investigation, Madi is lacking and the native police have taken all of our electronics fortunately I’ve an previous cellphone. Though they didn’t take my private pc, most likely as a result of they missed it. Diana is utilizing it now to name her parents.”

On December 17, 2022, Christopher and Diana had been arrested and charged with failing to report the disappearance of a child.

Christopher appeared in court on December 19.  His bond was set at $200,000.  Diana appeared in court on December 20 and her bond was set at $250,000.

On December 21, police obtained a search warrant for the household dwelling at 18413 Victoria Bay Drive in Cornelius.

On December 22, 2022, Madalina’s household launched an announcement. 

On December 23, 2022, the FBI launched new pictures of Madalina. 

“Earlier this week, we informed you Madalina loves horses. You’ll be able to see the pure pleasure she feels when she takes her plastic ponies to the seashore,” an FBI Henderson West Auckland tweet accompanying the pictures said. “And she or he enjoys using the true pony named Rayne.”

On December 28, 2022 Diana and Christopher had been meant to look in court.  The decide introduced there wouldn’t be a bond listening to for Madalina’s mom in any case, however talked about that she did give up her passport. The decide stated the state would take no motion on the bond however added a situation that Christopher should give up his passport too.

A variety of the information on this episode comes from the court paperwork, and so they had been initially launched in January 2023.  This data comes from WBTV in regards to the paperwork being launched.

Tuesday’s launch comes after WBTV’s Chief Investigative Reporter Nick Ochsner went earlier than the decide Friday asking her to make the search warrants public.

On Friday, WBTV realized {that a} complete of six search warrants had been executed in relation to the case, however as a result of the warrants had been sealed, it was not clear what investigators had been on the lookout for or what they discovered.

Among the many six warrants, one was issued for Madalina’s dwelling the place she lived along with her mom and stepfather, one other for her stepfather Christopher Palmiter’s cellphone, and one other for the {couples}’ cellphone information.

In court, the state had argued that making this info public might negatively influence the seek for Madalina.

The lawyer stated, “there isn’t a quantity of public curiosity in these paperwork that would outweigh the makes an attempt to search out this little lady.”

Nonetheless, Ochsner stated the general public has an incredible curiosity to find and realizing what’s taking place within the seek for an 11-year-old child. He additionally said there isn’t a proof the discharge of the search warrants would prejudice a jury or the prosecution towards both of the defendants—who’re each behind bars.

He argued that if the court had been to maintain these particulars a secret, the general public would speculate which isn’t useful to the seek for Madalina.

In the end, Choose Archie made three huge selections in court Friday: First, she can be unsealing the affidavit as a result of she says the main points are already public data.

She unsealed sure elements of the search warrants, however simply issues the general public already is aware of. She additionally redacted issues like what objects had been returned to the household after the search was accomplished.

On January 11, 2023, a tough drive was seized from an organization that was employed by Christopher again in 2021.  Investigators took the exhausting drive with the intent of looking it for recordsdata, pictures, movies, emails and different info that would assist discover Madalina.

Diana’s automotive was searched in February 2023.  “On Thursday, February 10, 2023, at 1350 hours the Okay-9 alerted on the motive force’s aspect door of the automobile, suspect Diana Cojocari’s automobile,” the warrant stated. “Okay-9 is skilled to alert any and all narcotics. The canine was additionally alerted on the automobile on Monday, February 13, 2023, when a search warrant for the automobile was obtained.”

A number of objects had been discovered contained in the door, together with a Moldova Agroindbank debit card belonging to Diana Cojocari; Madalina’s Romanian and Moldovan passports; Diana’s Romanian passport; and miscellaneous training and work certificates, in keeping with the warrant.

On March 8, 2023, we realized extra about Octavian Cebanu, the distant relative who was apparently seen with Madalina.

Investigators discovered that Diana had “in depth communication on December 2, 2022” with Octavian. Octavian’s cellphone information revealed “a number of calls to cellphone numbers belonging to unidentified targets concerned in ongoing T3 drug/narcotic trafficking investigations.”

Diana additionally apparently requested Octavian if he might assist smuggle them away from their dwelling as a result of she was in a foul relationship along with her husband and needed a divorce.  

There was an alleged sighting of Madalina at a Lowe’s Meals in Linville, NC on December 16 however this was discovered to not be Madalina.

April 11, 2023 marked Madalina’s twelfth birthday.  “Our purpose is to search out Madalina,” David Baucom, the chief of the Cornelius Police Division, stated on that day

On April 14, 2023, Diana was discovered to be in possession of a baggie with white powder in it, whereas in jail.  She was charged with possession of a managed substance.  

A take a look at concluded that the powder was a cocaine and fentanyl-based substance. Diana claimed she had discovered the bag within the bathe.

On July 6, jail information present that the drug cost towards Diana had been “dismissed with out depart by the District Legal professional’s Workplace.” 

Some articles say that the substance was despatched for testing and it was decided that the powder was not a managed substance, whereas others say the cost was dropped resulting from inadequate proof.

On July 10, a tip got here in that Madalina had been seen at a fuel station in California.

A consumer within the Discover Madalina Cojocari Fb group stated she was driving to Susanville, California, on July 5 when she stopped at a Valero fuel station in Weaverville. She noticed a younger lady there who requested for a journey “up north.” The poster stated the lady regarded loads like Madalina.

On July 18, 2023, paperwork had been launched concerning a cellphone dialog between Diana and her mom, made whereas Diana was in jail.

In the course of the name, they mentioned ‘a bag of cash, withdrawing money, and a concept that Christopher gave Madalina away for cash.’

In one other recorded jail name between Christopher, his brother and his sister-in-law, he talked about that Diana had ‘loads of money along with her’ and he didn’t know the place it got here from. Within the recorded name, Christopher stated there may be ‘monetary stuff’ arising, and his brother tells him to not fear in regards to the monetary stuff.

On August 17, 2023, Diana and Christopher each pleaded not responsible to their fees concerning Madalina’s disappearance.  Christopher was granted a secured $25,000 bond with digital monitoring and pre-trial supervision. Diana was not granted bail.

Brandon Roseman, Christopher’s lawyer, says his client has cooperated with police and believes Diana is hiding her daughter away.

“He informed police on a number of events that he believes that Diana had taken Madalina someplace into the mountains,” Roseman stated. “He informed detectives particularly that he believes Diana took her someplace and that she is protected.”

Christoper says Diana believed that he was placing Madalina at risk by naming her as a beneficiary on an funding account.

“In these interviews he gave to police, he’s adamant that he doesn’t consider Diana harmed Madalina. He believes that Diana fervently believes that Madalina is at risk from some unknown third get together, apparently associated to him putting cash and assigning advantages to her in a 401K account, one thing that doesn’t make any sense,” Roseman stated.

Rodica Cojocari, Madalina’s grandmother, spoke to the media in August 2023 and stated that she believed Christopher had trafficked the child for cash.

“My granddaughter is alive, however she’s been kidnapped,” Rodica Cojocari informed WCNC Henderson West Auckland’s Lexi Wilson.

Rodica believes Diana and Madalina had been offered to traffickers for $5 million.

“Chris Palmiter is the instrument,” Rodica Cojocari stated. “He stalked them for 2 years. That they had no paperwork in his dwelling. He stole their paperwork and held them within the dwelling … like prisoners.”

“Recently, he would use narcotics to make them sleep, each Madalina and Diana” Rodica stated.. “He used these narcotics of their juice. Diana and Madalina drank it, and he took Madalina out of the bed room and gave her over to traffickers. I don’t know to whom.”

When requested why Madalina had not been discovered but, Rodica stated she believes the child needed to endure cosmetic surgery to disguise her look.

“He says he doesn’t know something, but it surely’s not true,” Rodica insisted. “Our Madalina is alive, and Diana was warned that ‘if you happen to inform police something, I’ll kill you.’ Chris is aware of who he offered our granddaughter to … however he’s concerned with criminals.”

Information Nation launched an article in late September 2023, and that appears to be one of many latest updates within the case.

It’s titled : Madalina Cojocari: New theories emerge in case of lacking NC lady

NewsNation traveled to the mountains of Western North Carolina to research a attainable sighting of Madalina, the outline matching her and a male family member.

On Dec. 16, 2022, a lady reported seeing a woman resembling Madalina with a male companion at a Lowes grocery retailer in Sugar Mountain, North Carolina.

“There was a attainable sighting on the Lowes Meals right here in Sugar Mountain. We had been in a position to observe down video-still footage of that and forwarded that to Cornelius,” stated Sugar Mountain Police Division Chief Casey Turbyfill.

Police stated the sighting, together with one other one in California, didn’t become Madalina.

Madalina weighed roughly 90 kilos and was final seen sporting denims, pink, purple and white Adidas footwear, and a white t-shirt and jacket.



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by Naomi Cramer

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