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MISSING: From a Bus Stop

MISSING: From a Bus Stop

Update: 2024-06-0318
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This episode of Crime Junkies delves into the chilling disappearances of Annette Malinowski and her mother, Corey Malinowski, from a sprawling plantation in South Carolina. Annette, an 11-year-old girl, vanished near the bus stop at the end of their long driveway, leaving behind a note seemingly written in her handwriting. Corey, Annette's mother, had disappeared nearly a year prior in a similar location, leaving behind a car and a story of a heated argument with Steve Malinowski, Annette's stepfather and Corey's partner. The episode explores the suspicious circumstances surrounding both disappearances, highlighting the family's belief that Steve may be responsible for both Corey and Annette's vanishing. The episode then shifts to the case of Medellina Kojakari, an 11-year-old girl from North Carolina, who disappeared in 2022. Medellina's mother, Diana Kojakari, waited over three weeks before reporting her daughter missing, and both Diana and Medellina's stepfather, Christopher Palmer, were arrested for failing to report the disappearance. The episode explores the conflicting timelines and suspicious behavior of Diana and Christopher, as well as the potential involvement of drug trafficking in Medellina's disappearance. The episode concludes with a call to action for listeners to contact the authorities with any information regarding these unsolved cases.

Outlines

00:00:00
Introduction

This Chapter introduces the episode and the hosts, Ashley Flowers and Britt, and welcomes listeners to celebrate Pride Month. They encourage listeners to check out the show notes for links to organizations supporting the LGBTQ+ community.

00:01:47
The Disappearance of Annette Malinowski

This Chapter focuses on the disappearance of Annette Malinowski, an 11-year-old girl who vanished from her bus stop on a plantation in South Carolina. The chapter details the investigation, including the discovery of a note seemingly written by Annette, the suspicious behavior of her stepfather, Steve Malinowski, and the lack of physical evidence connecting him to the crime. The chapter also explores the possibility of a random abduction and the connection to other unsolved cases in the area.

00:26:37
The Disappearance of Medellina Kojakari

This Chapter focuses on the disappearance of Medellina Kojakari, an 11-year-old girl from North Carolina. The chapter details the investigation, including the delayed reporting of Medellina's disappearance by her mother, Diana Kojakari, and the suspicious behavior of both Diana and Medellina's stepfather, Christopher Palmer. The chapter also explores the potential involvement of drug trafficking in Medellina's disappearance and the ongoing legal proceedings against Diana and Christopher.

00:37:39
The Disappearance of Tabitha Tudors

This Chapter focuses on the disappearance of Tabitha Tudors, a 13-year-old girl from Nashville, Tennessee. The chapter details the investigation, including the initial belief that Tabitha had run away, the discovery of a piece of paper with her initials and the initials MTL, and the investigation of potential suspects, including Tabitha's brother and a family friend's son. The chapter also explores the possibility that Tabitha met someone online and the ongoing search for her.

00:51:17
The Disappearance of Zeta Cecilia Gutierrez

This Chapter focuses on the disappearance of Zeta Cecilia Gutierrez, a 24-year-old woman from Bethesda, Maryland. The chapter details the investigation, including the discovery of Cecilia's car near a bus stop, the lack of evidence of a struggle, and the possibility that Cecilia left on her own. The chapter also explores the possibility of foul play and the lack of information available about the case.

00:55:27
Call to Action

This Chapter concludes the episode with a call to action for listeners to contact the authorities with any information regarding the unsolved cases discussed in the episode. The hosts provide contact information for the investigating agencies and encourage listeners to visit the show's website for more information.

Keywords

Annette Malinowski
Annette Malinowski was an 11-year-old girl who disappeared from her bus stop on a plantation in South Carolina in 1988. Her disappearance remains unsolved, and her stepfather, Steve Malinowski, is a person of interest in the case.

Corey Malinowski
Corey Malinowski was the mother of Annette Malinowski and the partner of Steve Malinowski. She disappeared from the same plantation in South Carolina in 1987, nearly a year before Annette's disappearance. Her disappearance remains unsolved, and Steve Malinowski is a person of interest in the case.

Steve Malinowski
Steve Malinowski was the stepfather of Annette Malinowski and the partner of Corey Malinowski. He is a person of interest in both of their disappearances, but there is no physical evidence connecting him to the crimes. He has a history of neglecting his children and has been arrested for child abuse.

Medellina Kojakari
Medellina Kojakari was an 11-year-old girl who disappeared from her home in North Carolina in 2022. Her mother, Diana Kojakari, and stepfather, Christopher Palmer, were arrested for failing to report her disappearance. The case is ongoing, and the potential involvement of drug trafficking is being investigated.

Diana Kojakari
Diana Kojakari was the mother of Medellina Kojakari. She was arrested for failing to report her daughter's disappearance and has since been released from custody after pleading guilty to the charge. She faces the possibility of deportation back to her home country of Moldova.

Christopher Palmer
Christopher Palmer was the stepfather of Medellina Kojakari. He was arrested for failing to report her disappearance and is currently awaiting trial. He has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Tabitha Tudors
Tabitha Tudors was a 13-year-old girl who disappeared from her bus stop in Nashville, Tennessee in 2003. Her disappearance remains unsolved, and the police have investigated several potential suspects, including her brother and a family friend's son. The possibility that Tabitha met someone online is also being investigated.

Zeta Cecilia Gutierrez
Zeta Cecilia Gutierrez was a 24-year-old woman who disappeared from a bus stop in Bethesda, Maryland in 1980. Her car was found near a different bus stop, and there was no evidence of a struggle. Her disappearance remains unsolved, and there is little information available about the case.

Unsolved Disappearances
This episode of Crime Junkies focuses on unsolved disappearances, specifically those involving children and young adults who vanished near bus stops. The episode highlights the challenges of investigating these cases, the lack of physical evidence, and the impact on the families of the missing.

Bus Stop Disappearances
This episode of Crime Junkies explores the phenomenon of bus stop disappearances, where individuals vanish from bus stops, often leaving behind few clues. The episode examines the potential motives behind these disappearances, the challenges of investigating them, and the impact on the families of the missing.

Q&A

  • What are the key similarities between the cases of Annette Malinowski and Medellina Kojakari?

    Both Annette and Medellina were young girls who disappeared near bus stops. Both cases involved suspicious behavior from family members, and both cases remain unsolved.

  • What are the key differences between the cases of Annette Malinowski and Medellina Kojakari?

    Annette's disappearance occurred in 1988, while Medellina's disappearance occurred in 2022. Annette's stepfather, Steve Malinowski, is a person of interest in her case, while Medellina's parents, Diana Kojakari and Christopher Palmer, were arrested for failing to report her disappearance. The potential involvement of drug trafficking is being investigated in Medellina's case, but not in Annette's case.

  • What are the key challenges facing investigators in the case of Tabitha Tudors?

    Investigators in Tabitha's case have struggled to determine whether she was abducted or ran away. They have also struggled to find credible witnesses and physical evidence. The case has gone cold, and the police have had to rely on tips and leads to keep the investigation alive.

  • What are the key challenges facing investigators in the case of Zeta Cecilia Gutierrez?

    Investigators in Cecilia's case have struggled to find any evidence of foul play. They have also struggled to find any information about her whereabouts after her disappearance. The case has gone cold, and there is little information available about it.

  • What are the key takeaways from this episode of Crime Junkies?

    This episode highlights the challenges of investigating unsolved disappearances, particularly those involving children and young adults. It also highlights the importance of reporting missing persons promptly and the impact of these cases on the families of the missing. The episode encourages listeners to contact the authorities with any information regarding these unsolved cases.

  • How can listeners help with these unsolved cases?

    Listeners can help by contacting the authorities with any information they may have about the cases discussed in the episode. The hosts provide contact information for the investigating agencies in the show notes.

Show Notes

For most of us, heading to a bus stop would be a mindless act. Just a stop before your next destination. But unfortunately for some, it’s become their last known sighting. Today, Brit and I are exploring several unsolved cases where victims have mysteriously disappeared from a bus stop. We’re hoping someone out there has more information as to what occurred before each of those buses arrived…

If you have any information about the disappearances of…

  • Korrina Malinoski or Annette Sagers: Please contact the Berkeley County  Cold Case Squad at coldcases@berkeleycountysc.gov, or call 843-719-4668.
  • Madalina Cojocari: Please contact the Cornelius Police Department at 704-892-7773, or the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI. If you would like to remain anonymous, please call North Mecklenburg Crime Stoppers at 704-896-7867.
  • Tabitha Tuders: Please contact the Nashville Police Department Cold Case Unit at 615-862-7803, or Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.
  • Zita Cecilia Gutierrez: Please call the Montgomery County Police Department at 301-279-8000. And if you knew Cecilia, or if you’re someone with the Montgomery County Police Department, please email us at CrimeJunkie@audiochuck.com.
     

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Happy men's mental health month everyone:)

Jun 9th
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