Missing North Carolina Woman Found Alive in Virginia Parking Garage
Cope was missing for more than a week after not returning from her break.
The manhunt for a North Carolina woman missing for nearly a week is over, after the 24-year-old Starbucks manager was found in eastern Virginia.
Allison Cope remains hospitalized after police found her in a Virginia Beach parking garage early Sunday, according to reports.
She went on break at about 3 p.m. on June 26 from the Starbucks she oversaw at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Cope left everything behind except her keys and debit card, sparking a multi-agency manhunt when she didn’t return.
Someone spotted Cope near the oceanfront late Saturday and told police, who found her late in the parking garage, local ABC affiliate WTVD reported.
Cope, who seemed to be unharmed, was brought to a local hospital, the news channel reported.
She remained there as of Monday night, her friends told WTVD.
“She is the light of our lives and we are thankful to have her back,” friend and roommate Sarah Kosinski said in a statement to WTVD. “We appreciate all the help and support from the community and we ask for privacy.”
Cope didn’t appear to be in distress when she was spotted at a Shell gas station.
Why Cope went missing remains unclear, and she declined to do interviews earlier this week.
About an hour after she left her job, she was spotted at a Shell gas station about 25 miles northeast of the airport.
A gas station employee told local news channel WRAL last week that Cope merely used the bathroom, and didn’t buy anything.
Police said she didn’t appear to be in distress at the time.
They added that no crimes occured at the airport.