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Madalina, who lives in Cornelius and attends Bailely Middle School, was reported missing Dec. 15. The last independently confirmed sighting of Madalina was two days earlier on Nov. 21. The Cornelius Police Department, FBI and SBI are investigating her disappearance.

Search continues for missing Cornelius girl, 11

On day 28 in the search for Madalina Cojocari, investigators are still looking for any sign of the 11-year-old who was last seen in late November.

The Cornelius Police Department, FBI and SBI are investigating her disappearance.

Police released video from a school bus surveillance camera, where the sixth-grader got off at her bus stop on Nov. 21. According to the department, this was the last confirmed sighting of Madalina.

According to police, Madalina’s mother and stepfather told investigators they saw her on Nov. 23.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg School employees contacted Diana Cojocari, several times about her daughter's absence from school. On Dec. 15, Cojcari went to Bailey Middle School and reported her daughter missing to a human resources officer.

Cornelius Police arrested Cojocari and Madalyn's stepfather, Christopher Palmiter, on Dec. 17. They are charged with failure to report the disappearance of a child to law enforcement and are being held at the Mecklenburg County Detention Center.

According to an arrest report obtained by Queen City News, Madalina’s mother and stepfather argued on Nov. 23, and her stepfather drove to Michigan. That night, Diana Cojocari noticed Madelina wasn’t at home, but told police she did not report her daughter missing because she didn’t want to start a “conflict” with the stepfather, according to the Queen City News report.

Anyone with information call the Cornelius Police Department at 704-892-7773, North Mecklenburg Crime Stoppers at 704-896-7867 or 1-800-CALL-FBI.

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Kenny is a Maryland native who began his career in media as a sportswriter at Tuskegee University, covering SIAC sports working for the athletic department and as a sports correspondent for the Tuskegee Campus Digest. Following his time at Tuskegee, he was accepted to the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program as a Marketing Intern for The NASCAR Foundation in Daytona Beach, Florida in 2017.