March 21, 2023
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Cornelius Police Chief David Baucom addressed Madalina’s case and the next steps in the investigation during a breakfast open to the community.
''CORNELIUS, N.C. — Cornelius Police Chief David Baucom hoped to reassure the Cornelius community on Tuesday that the investigation into the disappearance of 11-year-old Madalina Cojocari is not a cold case.
Cojocari was seen walking off a school bus on Nov. 21, 2022. Her mother, Diana Cojocari, last saw her at their Cornelius home on Nov. 23, but her mother didn’t report her missing until Dec. 15, 22 days later.
Baucom addressed Madalina’s case and the next steps in the investigation during a breakfast open to the community.
“The next steps are what we’re doing right now. We’re still following up on leads. It is still an active investigation,” Baucom said.
In January, Diana Cojocari and Christopher Palmiter, Madalina’s stepfather, each were indicted by a grand jury on the charge of failing to report the disappearance of a child to law enforcement.''