Police search for RDU Airport employee who never returned from break

MORRISVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – A woman who works at a Starbucks at RDU Airport has vanished after taking a break Monday afternoon, the airport’s police department said.

UPDATE: FBI, Raleigh PD assisting in search for RDU employee who never returned from break


Allison Cope was supposed to return from a break from a Starbucks in Terminal 2 at 3 p.m. but did not come back, The Raleigh Durham Airport Authority Police Department said.

Cope is in her mid-20s and stands 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds.

She was last seen wearing a black HMS Host-branded Starbucks polo shirt, blue jeans and black sneakers, police said.

Cope helps run the Change of Heart Pit Bull Rescue, which is based in Raleigh. She has a 2014 silver Ford Fusion and the car has a sticker from the rescue organization.

Friends said that later Monday afternoon Cope’s debit card was used at a Shell gas station in Wake Forest. The amount spent was the remaining money in her account — about $23.

CBS North Carolina stopped by the two Shell gas stations it might have been. Workers said they’d spoken with police and didn’t remember seeing Cope.

Sarah Kosinski — Cope’s friend and roommate — says police told her surveillance cameras captured Cope going down the escalator and leaving Terminal 2.

Her ID badge used to swipe out of the parking lot at 3:08 p.m. But friends said there are no cameras in the manager’s lot where Cope’s car was parked. So it’s unclear if she was driving.

“She always checks in with us,” said Kosinki. “She always tells us if she is going to be late. She always is extremely dependable. She would never just leave her phone at work. She would never clock out for a break and not continue to work her shift.”

Police are requesting any information that may assist the investigation. Please contact RDU Police at (919) 840-7510 with any information.


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