A NEW photo of missing Madalina Cojocari has been released as efforts to find the missing 12-year-old intensify.
The FBI shared the never before seen image just days after marking one year since Madalina was last seen on November 21, 2022.
The little girl was 11 when she disappeared from Cornelius, North Carolina after she was last seen getting off of a school bus.
She was not, however, reported missing for several weeks.
On Monday, the FBI released new billboards in the case, showing a school photo of Madalina from before she disappeared.
The image has been mounted across the state in the hope that someone will come forward with information about the missing girl.
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“These new billboards are up across NC,” the FBI wrote in a renewed plea for help on X, formerly known as Twitter.
“The photo is her school picture. Anyone with information, call 1-800- CALL FBI.”
Madalina was last seen wearing jeans with a white T-shirt and jacket, along with pink, purple, and white Adidas shoes.
PARENTAL POLICE REPORTS
She was reported missing to Bailey Middle School on December 15, 2022.
The young girl’s mother Diana and stepfather Christopher Palmiter were both initially arrested for failing to report the disappearance of a child.
Diana originally told police she last saw Madalina around noon on November 22.
But she later changed her story, saying she saw the young girl on November 23 at about 10 pm.
Diana also told Cornelius Police that she and Palmiter fought that same evening.
Palmiter, meanwhile, left North Carolina that evening to “pick up items,” according to police reports obtained by WCNC.
Upon his reported return on November 26, he claimed to have asked Diana where Madalina was.
Police reports state that both Cojocari and Palmiter accused one another of hiding Madalina until she was finally reported missing weeks later.
“This is a serious case of a child whose parents clearly are not telling us everything they know,” Captain Jennifer Thompson of the Cornelius Police Department said in a video statement.
Both Diana and Palmiter pleaded not guilty to the charge against them in August 2023 and are awaiting trial.
Palmiter was released from jail on bond in August while Cojocari remains behind bars at the Mecklenburg County jail.
COMMUNITY KEEPS FAITH
Residents of Cornelius gathered to mark the one-year anniversary of Madalina’s disappearance.
Locals could be seen emotionally embracing one another.
Others stood hand-in-hand and were seen comforting each other.
Meanwhile, cops have vowed to continue working to bring the young girl home.
“It’s hard to believe that a year has already passed since she was last seen getting off the school bus,” Cornelius Police Chief David Baucom told Fox News Digital.
“And … in just a few short weeks is the anniversary of when our investigation actually began.”
Baucom hosted a town meeting to remember Madalina last week.
He recalled that the long delay in the reporting of her disappearance initially hindered their investigation.
“We spent a lot of time trying to go back through the records we had available early on and [tried to] find her that way,” Baucom said.
“And then … we had to, of course, obtain search warrants and start looking at other records, trying to find other avenues to locate her.
“We’re not going to stop until we find her.”
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