A sad report reached our news desks this morning. A Virginia teen, 19 year old Ashanti Billie, who had been reported as missing a fortnight ago, was found dead behind the East Stonewall AME Zion church in North Carolina. The local church gardener found her whilst he was cutting the grass.
Miss Billie had been reported missing on September 18th, when she didn’t show up for work at a sandwich shop known as Blimpie on the Navy's Joint Expeditionary Base which is based in Little Creek, Norfolk, Virginia.
There is about 6 hours driving time between the places where she disappeared and was found.
Andrew Estrada, an employee at Blimpie: “Ashanti Billie was scheduled to open that morning. The 19-year-old assistant manager is reliable and never late. She should have been there hours earlier.”
The FBI had released a video showing her driving into the base. There was also a video of her car leaving the base a bit later, but it is unclear who is behind the wheel at that time. Her cell phone was found in a trash can near the base and the car was found abandoned on a nearby beach.
Head of the Norfolk FBI, Mr Martin Culbreth said, “It is with deep regret that I inform the community that Ashanti Billie has been located, deceased, in Charlotte, North Carolina. I, along with the entire investigative team, offer our most sincere condolences to the Billie family, especially Ashanti’s parents Brandy and Tony. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.”
Local FBI offices in Norfolk and Charlotte are investigating together with Norfolk Police, Virginia Beach Police, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police, and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.
Billie’s mother, Brandy Johnson Billie, spoke at a news conference upon learning of her daughter’s death: “The person or persons that decided they wanted to take my baby away from us . . . you are a coward. You don’t deserve to breathe the air that she breathed.”