The FBI announced Friday it is helping the Cornelius Police Department with its search for an 11-year-old girl who was last seen on Nov. 23 at her home, according to police.
Police said they began investigating after the parents of Madalina Cojocari reported her missing on Dec. 15 to a school resource officer at Bailey Middle School.
On Saturday morning, Cornelius PD announced they arrested Christopher Palmiter for failure to report the disappearance of a child to law enforcement. He is the stepdad of Cojocari, according to police.
Palmiter is being held on a $100,000 bond.
Police also announced that Cojocari’s mother, 37-year-old Diana Cojocari, has also 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, according to police.
Police said Madalina Cojocari was last seen wearing jeans, pink, purple and white Adidas shoes, a white t-shirt and a jacket.
She is described as 4 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs approximately 90 pounds, according to police. She has brown hair and brown eyes, authorities said.
Anyone with information about Cojocari’s whereabouts is asked to call the Cornelius Police Department at 704-892-7773.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
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