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Prayer vigil for missing 11-year-old Tuesday evening in Victoria Bay

Missing: Madalina Cojocari

Dec. 19. There will be a prayer vigil for Madalina Cojocari at 7 pm tomorrow in the common area across from the home in Victoria Bay where she was last seen Nov. 22.

The 11-year-old wasn’t reported missing until Dec. 15 by her mother and step-father, Diana Cojocari, 35, and Christopher Palmiter, 60, who have both been arrested for failure to report the disappearance of a child to law enforcement.

Cojocari and Palmiter are being held at the Mecklenburg County Detention Center.


They reported her missing to the Bailey Middle School resource officer on Dec. 15. The FBI and the SBI as well as CPD are now involved in the case.

A description of Madalina

Madalina is 4 feet, 10 inches tall, has dark brown hair and weighs about 90 pounds. She was last seen wearing jeans; pink, purple and white Adidas shoes; and a white t-shirt and jacket.

On Facebook, police said the sixth-grade student loves horses.

Police said anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Madalina should call 704-892-7773 or the North Mecklenburg Crimestoppers at 704-896-7867. You can remain anonymous.

Vigil details

According to the Facebook page Prayers for Madalina Cojocari, the entire community is invited to the prayer vigil. Victoria Bay is just east of I-77 on the north side of Catawba Avenue. The Victoria Bay common area is at the corner of Lake Village Boulevard and Victoria Bay Drive, across from the Cojocari/Palmiter home.

Close to home

Melissa Robinette, one of the organizers, said, “this one is too close to home. Right under our noses in a place where we chose to raise our own children.”

Madalina is 11 years old and loves ice cream