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Four days later: Friends intensify search for woman last seen leaving RDU

Posted June 30
Updated July 2

UPDATE: Missing woman found alive in Virginia Beach (June 2, 2017)

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Four days after a 24-year-old woman was reported missing after leaving the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, there is still no sign of her, and loved ones are growing increasingly worried.

Allison Cope was reported missing on Monday after she clocked out for a break from her job at a Terminal 2 Starbucks. Cope took a scheduled break at 3 p.m. but did not return. She was reported missing around 7 p.m.

Cope was seen on video at a Shell gas station at 942 Durham Rd. at about 4:15 p.m. on Monday. Airport police have thoroughly reviewed the video and said there is no evidence that she is under any distress or that any crime was committed at the airport or anywhere else on the airport campus.

Family members said Cope's phone and bag were found at the airport, but her car keys and debit card were missing from her bag.

She was seen going down the escalator and leaving Terminal 2 with just keys in her hand, presumably to run to her car for a minute, according to friends.

A few of her friends have spent time searching for Cope, but their searching has turned up nothing. They also have created fliers and posted them around the Triangle.

They say it is clear, even from the blurry surveillance images, that something isn't right.

"Her brows are down, sunken. She looks like she was crying," said Sarah Kosinski Cope. "It looks darker around her eyes also."

Fadel Alabdi, who works at the Shell station and put up a missing person flier on the door. He said, from the surveillance video, it did not appear Cope was in distress or distracted.

"She just walked into the bathroom for a couple of minutes, that's it, she walked back outside," he said. "She didn't purchase anything."

Friends say everything Cope has done has been out of character.

"It's not even like her to park on the other side of the pump, and that look on her face, it won't leave my mind," said Kosinski Cope.

Anyone with information about Cope should contact RDU Police at 919-840-7510 or call 911.


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  • Chad Abbott Jul 2, 9:59 a.m.
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    How much state resources were used to find someone who didn't want to be found. She left on her own free will and wasted state resources to find her. Don't worry our tax payers will foot the bill.

  • Stacie Hagwood Jul 1, 6:51 p.m.
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    Why would her friends rent a helicopter to search Falls Lake? Was she suicidal? I'm inclined to think maybe she just needed a change.

  • Anita Gibson Jul 1, 12:14 a.m.
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    She had $23 or $24 in her account and used her debit card to fill up. No one has seen or heard from her since.

  • Amy Simpson Jun 30, 10:41 p.m.
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    Why has nobody mentioned her debit card? I've read she got gas at the Shell station. How did she pay for it? Has anybody asked? Has it been used since? These are basic questions the police--and reporters--ought to be asking.