The body found behind a church in Charlotte, North Carolina has been identified as the 19-year-old missing college student, Ashanti Billie, according to the Washington Post. Authorities say she was last seen around 5 a.m. on September 18 at a military base, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek, where she worked in Norfolk, Virginia.
It was reported that although Billie appeared to have been spotted at the military base, she did not clock in for work. Her vehicle, a Mini Cooper, was captured on surveillance footage leaving the military base, but it is unknown if is she was inside, police say.
Five days later, Billie’s vehicle was discovered on a dead-end road in the Ocean View section of the city, and her cellphone was found in a dumpster in Norfolk.
Just before 10:35 a.m. on Friday, a landscaper discovered Billie’s body behind a church in the 1700 block of Griers Grove Road in Charlotte.
Police officials have not released a cause of death or details leading up to Billie’s death, but officials with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are investigating her demise as a homicide.
“Our mission is to bring justice for Ashanti, and we will be relentless in our efforts to find who did this to her,” FBI special agent Martin Culbreth said in a statement. “We will not rest until the person who robbed Ashanti of her life, her promise and her future is held fully accountable under the law.”
— FBI Norfolk (@FBINorfolk) September 27, 2017
During a news conference, Billie’s mother, Brandy Billie, sent a message to her daughter’s killer. She said:
“To the person or persons that decided they wanted to take our baby away from us and away from everyone that loved her: You’re a coward. You don’t deserve to breathe the air she breathed. Ashanti, baby, we love you, we love you and we love you.”
If anyone has information regarding the death of Ashanti Billie, you are urged to contact Virginia Beach Police at 757-385-5000, Crime Line at 1-888-Lock-U-Up, or FBI Norfolk at 757-455-0100. A reward of $20,000 is being offered for more information on the case.
[Featured Image: Go Fund Me/Brandy Johnson Billie]