The body of Ashanti Billie, a 19-year-old understudy keep going seen on a U.S. maritime base in Virginia, has been recognized, and government agents are scanning for her executioner.
The body found Friday in Charlotte, North Carolina, is that of Billie, neighborhood authorities decided Saturday, the FBI said.
Billie, a culinary expressions understudy who as of late moved on from secondary school in Prince George’s County, Maryland, was most recently seen Sept. 18 at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Norfolk, Virginia.
Her body was found more than 300 miles away, almost a congregation in a private neighborhood of Charlotte.
FBI specialist Martin Culbreth said in an announcement issued Saturday:
“It is with profound lament that I illuminate the group that Ashanti Billie has been found, perished, in Charlotte, North Carolina,” he said.
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The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is researching Billie’s demise as a murder. No data was discharged quickly on how she died.
Authorities are scanning for her executioner, specialist Culbreth said.
“Our main goal is to bring equity for Ashanti, and we will be persistent in our endeavors to discover who did this to her,” he said in his announcement. “We won’t rest until the point when the individual who denied Ashanti of her life, her guarantee and her future is considered completely responsible under the law.”
Billie’s body was found Friday morning behind a congregation on the 1700 square of Griers Grove Road in Charlotte, neighborhood police said. The congregation, East Stonewall AME Zion Church, is about a mile from Interstate Highway 77 and Interstate Highway 85.
Somebody at the congregation called 911 around 10:35 a.m.
Police arrived and articulated Billie dead on the scene.
Billie’s family said Friday they had been told a body was found however it was not clear on the off chance that it was Billie’s.
“As the family anticipates additionally refreshes, we request that that you proceed with keep us in supplication and ask this isn’t Ashanti Billie,” an announcement from the family said.
Billie’s body was distinguished by the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner’s Office and Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Police Department. That police office, the FBI, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the Virginia Beach Police Department and the Norfolk Police Department looked for Billie, alongside her friends and family and volunteers.
More than 75 individuals brushed two Norfolk, Virginia, neighborhoods Thursday, searching for any pieces of information that would lead them to Billie.
Following a two-hour look, they came back with a pink shoe and a sweatshirt, The Virginia Pilot detailed.
Billie was most recently seen around 5 a.m. on Sept. 18 entering Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Norfolk, where she was an aide administrator at a Blimpie sandwich shop. Be that as it may, police say she never touched base at work.
Her cellphone was found soon thereafter in a dumpster about 3 miles far from the base. Neighbors recognized her auto Sept. 23 on a deadlock street in the Ocean View area of the city. They told police the auto had been there for a few days.
On Thursday, a volunteer found a pink shoe close where Billie’s auto was found, The Virginia Pilot revealed. As per the daily paper, a sweatshirt and telephone charger additionally were found amid the inquiry.
It’s not instantly clear if those things are identified with her vanishing.
On an indistinguishable day from the inquiry, the FBI discharged a later photograph of Billie – a driver’s permit photograph that as of late was taken. In the photograph, Billie has dreadlocks that are colored different hues at the closures.
The organization assumed control over the scan for Billie on Monday, and offered a $10,000 compensate for data that prompts her whereabouts. After two days, Blimpie, Billie’s boss, coordinated the offer, bringing the aggregate reward add up to $20,000.
“We are exceptionally worried about the vanishing of Ashanti Billie and we are working with the experts to help discover her and bring her home securely,” said Jeff Wallace, VP of operations for Blimpie. “We are here to help bolster Ashanti’s family amid this troublesome time.”
Billie’s folks, Brandy and Meltony Billie, said not long ago they stayed confident that she would be found.
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“Simply enable me to bring my infant, Ashanti, home, satisfy,” the missing lady’s mom said through tears in a video presented on Facebook.
Schnaps and Meltony Billie live in Maryland and are the two veterans.
Billie moved to Virginia Beach in August to go to culinary expressions classes at the Art Institute of Virginia Beach. She moved on from Henry Wise High School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, in 2016.
Anybody with data for the FBI is made a request to contact the FBI Norfolk Field Office at 757-455-0100.