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FBI joins search for woman who disappeared after taking break at Starbucks

Police say Allison Cope never returned from her scheduled break during her shift on Monday at 3 p.m. (ABC News)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WSET) -- The FBI is stepping in to help law enforcement in North Carolina search for a woman who they say vanished this week while taking a break from her job at Starbucks inside the Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Police say Allison Cope never returned from her scheduled break during her shift on Monday at 3 p.m.

She was reported missing that night.

Investigators said they believe Cope left the airport parking lot in her silver Ford Fusion with a North Carolina license plate that has a "Change of Heart Pit Bull Rescue" sticker on the rear window, according Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority Police Department.

The FBI confirmed to ABC News that the agency is now assisting police in the investigation.

"The FBI is assisting our local law enforcement partners with the RDU airport police. It is standard practice for the FBI to assist state and local law enforcement partners when we may have an technique or tool that could be useful in their investigation," Lynch said in a statement. "Any additional questions should be directed to RDU."

Investigators describe Cope as in her mid-20s with blonde hair, blue eyes, 5'6", last seen wearing a black Starbucks polo, blue jeans, and black sneakers.

Anyone with information on Cope's whereabouts can contact the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority Police Department at (919) 840-7510.

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