Mom of missing Madalina Cojocari believes husband ‘put her family in danger’

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The mother of missing North Carolina sixth grader Madalina Kojokari told police she “believed her husband endangered the family,” court documents show, the night she last saw her daughter. She said her husband ran away from home after a fight.

The starling accusation emerged Wednesday when police descended again to search Cornelius’ family home.

It also came as an FBI and local cop release a handwritten statement The 11-year-old schoolgirl’s family said they were “devastated and completely heartbroken” and “desperate to find her.”

“We love Madalina and are shocked by this situation. She’s a deep 11-year-old girl and her future is great.”

The family did not specify who was behind the statement. Madalina’s mother, Diana Kojokari, 37, and her stepfather, Christopher Palmiter, 60, were charged with failing to report her missing for at least 22 days.

During a police interrogation, Kojokari told detectives she had an argument with her husband on November 23, the same night she last saw her daughter, according to an affidavit obtained by Queen City News. .

Diana Kojokari has been charged with failing to report her missing daughter.
Queen City News WJZY
Christopher Palmiter
Christopher Palmiter was also charged with failing to report a missing 11-year-old.
Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office and Cornelius Police Department

Palmiter then drove to his family in Michigan, at least 550 miles, or nine hours, from his home in North Carolina.

The mother said she saw her daughter go to her room at 10:00 p.m. that night, but did not elaborate on whether it was before or after Palmiter left and the fight ended.

More than 12 hours later, on Thanksgiving morning, she told police she didn’t realize her daughter was home.

She waited three days before telling Palmiter that her stepdaughter was missing. It took her a few more weeks before she admitted to Madalina’s school that she didn’t know where sixth grade was.

When questioned, Kojokari told detectives she “believed that her husband put the family in danger” and delayed reporting out of fear that her daughter’s disappearance would damage her marriage. .

The affidavit did not elaborate on why she felt endangered or whether it was directly related to Madalina’s disappearance.

The mother also admitted to ignoring calls to police from relatives in her native Moldova, but declined to say whether it was to report her husband, her missing daughter, or both.

Despite her claims, Kojokari insisted in a police interview that she did not know where her daughter was and stressed that she had no friends or family in the area where she may be staying.

police search lake

The boat searches the lake near the family’s home.


Police are still looking for the child.


The FBI searches Lake Cornelius for 11-year-old Madalina.

The FBI searches Lake Cornelius for 11-year-old Madalina.


Police search the missing child's home.
Police had previously searched the home of a missing 11-year-old boy.
Queen City News WJZY

Earlier this week, the FBI released video footage of Madalina stepping off a school bus on Nov. 21, two days before her mother claimed to have last seen her, making it her last confirmed sighting. emphasized that

The FBI hopes the video will inspire “non-family” witnesses who can “narrow down the exact timeline of her disappearance.”

The local police also asked the locals to do so “flood the area” Comes with a photo that shows “her precious face”.

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