Starbucks Worker Goes Missing After Taking a Work Break
A North Carolina woman vanished this week while she was taking her work break at a Starbucks, and now the FBI is assisting in the search.
Allison Cope, who works at the Starbucks inside the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, went missing on Monday, June 26, according to ABC11. Police know that detail because a badge swipe shows that she clocked out for her break.
She was reported missing to police later that day.
“Airport police have thoroughly reviewed the video and there is no evidence that she is under any distress,” Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority Police Department said in a press release. ABC News reported that the FBI has now gotten involved in the hunt for the woman.
The Raleigh-Durham International Airport Police Department released three surveillance camera photos that show Cope. They show her at her car at a Shell gas station in Wake Forest, North Carolina, MyFox8 reported.
She drives a 2014 silver Ford Fusion with a North Carolina plate that says EHA 2771. She also has a “Change of Heart Pit Bull Rescue” sticker on the vehicle.
She’s in her mid-20s, with blonde hair, blue eyes, standing at 5’6, and she weighs about 180 pounds.
WNCN reported that police searched her computer inside her home, and according to the report, her debit card was used for $23 at the Shell station.
Sarah Kosinski, Cope’s roommate, told local media outlets that she texted her at around 1:40 p.m. She later wrote a message on Facebook, saying that she wouldn’t have simply disappeared mid-shift, adding that she worked to help rescue pit bulls.
“I know her better than the back of my hand,” Kosinski wrote in the Facebook post, according to Heavy.com. “I know she did not leave her work in the middle of a shift without taking her phone. I know she would not leave the dogs. You all have supported us and her for ten years!”
She added: “She was loyal just like our pitties are. We know she is in need of help we know time is precious please please please share this post please help us find her. We hope she is safe and we hope she returns. We love her so dearly. Allison Cope where ever you are please know we are going to find you. We love you and we will not stop until you are found. Her loyalty to these dogs and all her rescue efforts and her friendship is unexplainable. Allison Cope would never just disappear and leave all her family and friends. we know this. My gut knows this.”
Cope’s last public Facebook post was on June 2.
Police are asking anyone with information about Cope’s disappearance to call 919-840-7510.