Cornelius, North Carolina’s Diana Cojocari arrested; Madalina Cojocari still mising

Madalina Cojocari, 11, of Cornelius, North Carolina, United States is a student of Bailey Middle School in Cornelius. She is the daughter of Diana Cojocari, 37, and stepdaughter of Christopher Palmiter, 60.

After giving birth to Madalina, Diana gained weight, going up from 54kg to 87kg. In 2014, she appeared as a contestant on a Moldovan online magazine weight loss show titled “Slăbeşte Sănătos“.


On November 22, 2022, Madalina attended her classes at Bailey Middle School. On the evening of November 23, 2022, she went missing from their home in Cornelius. 

Diana and Palmiter waited until 1:12 p.m. on December 15, 2022 to tell the school resource officer at Bailey Middle School that Madalina was missing. At around 10:15 a.m. on December 17, 2022, Diana was arrested.

Palmiter was arrested on the same day. He and Diana were both booked into the Mecklenburg County Detention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina and were each charged with failure to report the disappearance of a child to law enforcement.


Madalina has brown eyes, stands 4’10” and weighs 90 pounds. She is still missing and was last seen wearing a white shirt, a jacket, jeans and Adidas shoes colored pink, purple and white.

Anyone with information about Madalina’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Cornelius Police Departments at 704-892-7773. Tipsters may also anonymously call North Mecklenburg Crime Stoppers at 704-896-7867.

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