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Missing RDU employee told police she was 'stressed out,' needed to get away from problems

Posted July 5

Allison Cope

— The Raleigh-Durham International Airport employee who disappeared after taking a break at work last month told police in Virginia that she was stressed out and needed to get away from her problems, according to an incident report.

Virginia Beach police found 24-year-old Allison Cope in a parking garage around 11:30 p.m. on July 1. Cope initially told officers that she had no money and was waiting for her family to pick her up, according to the incident report.

After telling officers that they had no reason to hold her, Cope agreed to go with officers if she could get some food and call her sister-in-law.

Cope was eventually taken to a local hospital.

Additional details about Cope's condition and why she was taken to the hospital were not released.

Raleigh police on Wednesday afternoon said they have closed the investigation into Cope's disappearance and no evidence of any crimes have been uncovered.

Allison Cope's disappearance

Cope was reported missing on Monday, June 27 after she clocked out for a break from her job at the Terminal 2 Starbucks. She took her scheduled break at 3 p.m. but did not return.

Cope's disappearance kicked off days of searches by multiple law enforcement agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and friends.

Three days after she was reported missing, authorities released a photo of Cope from a surveillance camera at a Wake Forest gas station. A gas station employee said Cope stopped in to use the bathroom but left without buying anything.

Friends said the incident was out of character for Cope.


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  • William Jones Jul 7, 3:46 p.m.
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    She was not released very quickly, she was admitted on Saturday and as of Tuesday she was still in the hospital and no condition was listed for her which would indicate the hospitalization is psychiatric in nature. To the best of my knowledge she still has not been released. Please check facts before speaking.

  • Janet Scott Jul 7, 2:07 p.m.
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    Not so William Jones. They do hospitalize people who display erratic behavior to make sure that nothing is wrong. Recall that they had to bribe her with food and a phone call to her sister in law just so she would go with them. She was released very quickly.

  • William Jones Jul 6, 4:09 p.m.
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    People aren't hospitalized for selfishness. There is a lot more to indicate mental issues but I think in the interest of common decency and respect for her and her family it should be left alone. There are people who have the responsibility of determining if she did anything intentionally wrong and take any action needed. To assume you have more information and knowledge than these people is the epitome of arrogance.

  • Janet Scott Jul 6, 3:10 p.m.
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    So many people are assuming that she has mental issues. She might just selfishly want attention. Many people do this when they are involved in a failed romantic relationships.

  • William Jones Jul 6, 5:25 a.m.
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    To condemn this person for having mental issues is like condemning someone for having diabetes or epilepsy. It appears she was not in control of her actions. The disappearance received so much attention because she disappeared from an airport and the items she left behind made it seem she had been taken by someone. It was her friends who pushed the coverage and search for her and it would seem they were correct to do so. The information we have would indicate that her life was in danger.

  • Rod Runner Jul 5, 10:32 p.m.
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    Mental health care is a problem in this country exactly because of people like you not recognizing it as a health problem and just calling people idiiots for having mental breakdowns that lead them to do things that they wouldn't normally do.

    Some people kill themselves when they have these issues because they don't know what to do.

    Some people develop severe depression and/or anxiety and don't know what to do in the situation. Especially if they haven't been diagnosed before.

    You don't exactly look much older than 24 if you are that old, so kindly get some life experience before calling people idiiots for such things.

  • Ben Hill Jul 5, 9:12 p.m.
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    "Again, I wonder why this smiling white woman got immediate coverage before she had been gone a day..."

    A missing person case/privacy discussion and you feel the need to inject race into it? Why don't you ask for her political affiliation while you're at it? No wonder our country is so divided.

  • Laurie Cortright Jul 5, 9:00 p.m.
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    Pam Price, well said.

  • Laurie Cortright Jul 5, 8:58 p.m.
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    First of all, since when, in the United States of America, is an adult woman not entitled to go wherever she wants to go, whenever she wants to go there? Whatever responsibility she had to let her family and loved ones know is between her and them. Do you really want state or local law enforcement deciding when you can leave town? Or charging you to do so? Be real, people.

  • Angel Bousquet Jul 5, 8:28 p.m.
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    You took the words right out of my mouth!