The North Carolina woman who was reported missing after she mysteriously vanished while on break from her Starbucks job has been found alive in eastern Virginia, bringing great relief to her loves ones – and leaving investigators to wonder how and why she disappeared so suddenly.
24-year-old Allison Cope was found by police in a Virginia Beach parking garage early Sunday and was taken to a nearby hospital, where she remains, WRAL reported. No word has surfaced as to Cope’s condition or why she took off.
She was last seen on June 26 at around 3:00 pm, when she went on break from her manager position at a Starbucks in Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Friends and family were alarmed to discover that she left behind everything except for her keys and debit card, as they claimed that she never went anywhere without her cellphone.
The Raleigh-Durham Police Department was joined by the FBI in the hunt for Cope, with the bureau announcing that it is “standard practice for the FBI to assist if we have a technique or tactics that can be of assistance to [local police] in an ongoing investigation.”
She was spotted on surveillance footage at a Shell gas station near the airport at about 4:15 pm on the day of her disappearance. Airport police who reviewed the footage determined that there was no evidence that she was in distress, nor did they uncover any evidence that a crime had taken place at the airport itself.
However, friends who saw the surveillance footage claimed that there appeared to be something wrong with Cope’s emotional state, as she only went into the gas station to use the restroom and appeared to be crying.
While there are still many answers to be learned about Cope’s disappearance, her friends and family are overjoyed that she is safe.
“She is the light of our lives and we are thankful to have her back,” said friend and roommate Sarah Kosinski, who helped in the search effort. “We appreciate all the help and support from the community and we ask for privacy.”