The woman who disappeared on Monday during her scheduled break at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) Starbucks was spotted around an hour and a half later at a gas station, and according to a witness, she appeared calm and not under any distress.
The News & Observer reports that Allison Cope entered the gas station at around 4:15 p.m. on Monday, still wearing her Starbucks shirt and a pair of blue jeans. The gas station is located at 942 Durham Road in Wake Forest, around 25 miles from her Starbucks job. She left work on Monday at around 3 p.m.
BREAKING: RDU police release images from a Wake Forest Shell station of Allison Cope. They say no evidence she was under distress. pic.twitter.com/hF4TsYyd9A
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“She just walked into the bathroom for a couple of minutes, that’s it, she walked back outside,” said store employee, Fadel Alabdi. “She didn’t purchase anything.”
The sighting of Cope at the gas station has been the first one since she disappeared. Police, who are working with the FBI and other agencies to find the missing woman, said that she left her purse and cellphone behind at work but took her car keys and debit card. She never told anyone at work she was leaving and never returned.
NEW INFO: Investigators confirm last known location of Allison Cope is northern Wake County near Falls Lake; search is focused on this area pic.twitter.com/fVnOAoVvD0
— David Hurst (@DHurstWNCN) June 29, 2017
Cope may be driving a 2014 silver Ford Fusion with North Carolina plate, EHA 2271, and “Change of Heart Pit Bull Rescue” attached to the rear window. She’s described as a white female in her mid-20s, standing 5-foot-6 inches tall and weighing 180 pounds. She has blonde hair and blue eyes.
Allison Cope who works with Change of Heart Pit Bull Rescue here in Raleigh, went missing!! Please share! She was last seen at the RDU airport where she works.
Authorities said there was nothing that indicated she was taken against her will, yet friends say that everything appeared “normal” in Cope’s personal life and it was unlike her to simply disappear without saying anything.
Anyone with information about Cope is urged to contact the RDU Police at 919-840-7510 or call 911.
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