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NEW images have surfaced in the search for a missing 11-year-old girl who went missing last month.
Madalina Cojocari was seen getting off her school bus on November 21 in a clip released by the FBI on Tuesday.
Madalina Cojocari was seen getting out of her school bus on November 21.
Madalina’s mother, Diana Cojocar, and her stepfather, Christopher Palmiter, were accused of failing to report the disappearance of a child.
The girl’s parents told police they last saw her on November 23.
The girl was not reported missing from her home in Cornelius, North Carolina, until December 15.
The girl’s parents told police they last saw her on November 23, ABC reports.
In the video, which shows Madalina’s last known location, the schoolgirl can be seen fixing her hair and wearing a white shirt and backpack.
She stands behind a line of classmates before exiting the bus.
Madalina’s mother, Diana Cojocar, 37, and her stepfather, Christopher Palmiter, 60, have since been charged with failing to report a missing child.
The FBI in Charlotte said Tuesday that the newly released images are “the last time investigators have independent confirmation of when Madalina was last seen.”
They added: “She got off the bus on 11-21-22, at 4:59 p.m.
“We are looking for additional witnesses outside of the family to narrow down the exact timeline of when she disappeared.”
Although Madalina’s mother, Diana, said she last saw her daughter around 10 p.m. local time last night, November 24, she did not report her missing until this month.
Palmiter said she went to Michigan to “pick up items” from relatives in the state and returned to North Carolina on November 26.
Both he and Cojocari told authorities that they questioned each other about Madalina’s disappearance, but neither knew where she had gone.
At a court hearing Tuesday, a judge said Cojocari has “hindered the investigation” and only “reluctantly” reported his daughter missing, WJZY reported.
The investigation didn’t begin until Cojocari arrived at Bailey High School last Thursday for a meeting about his daughter’s truancy.
He was supposed to take Madalina to the date, but he didn’t.
According to the arrest sheet, Madalina’s school counselor called police to the building and encouraged Cojocari to report her daughter missing.
The Cornelius Police Department said Tuesday: “As previously reported, employees of Charlotte-Mecklenburg School contacted Diana Cojocari on several occasions to inquire about Madalina’s absence from school.”
Cojocari’s bail was set at $250,000 Tuesday, while Palmiter’s was set at $200,000 the day before. It is not known if they remain in custody at this time.
Authorities on Monday expanded their search area to include a lake near Cornelius, which is about 30 minutes north of Charlotte.
Horrified neighbors watched on Friday as searches of the family home and backyard were carried out in the hope of finding evidence of Madalina’s disappearance.
Police say Madalina is 4 feet, 10 inches tall, weighs approximately 90 pounds, and has brown eyes and brown hair.