Retired Navy veteran charged with kidnapping Ashanti Billie

Posted November 09, 2017

Billie went missing on September 18, and her body was found behind a church in Charlotte, North Carolina, later in the month.

When asked if murder charges could come at a later date, Joshua Stueve, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, said "the investigation is ongoing". Her disappearance raised eyebrows after she did not show up for work at the Blimpie sandwich shop on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek.

Billie's body was found 11 days later in Charlotte, North Carolina. The area is about 300 yards from Brown's childhood home. Later that day, a construction worker found Billie's phone in the dumpster and gave it to the Norfolk Police Department, according to court documents.

A United States district court criminal complaint shows that investigators believe Billie was kidnapped on the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek.

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Brown has been charged with kidnapping and faces a maximum penalty of life in prison, if convicted. Billie's coworkers said Brown was nearly a daily regular at the Blimpie's, and they saw him around the area so often that they believed he worked on the base.

Brown was homeless and lived at random facilities and buildings on and off the naval bases. Surveillance video shows her vehicle driving onto the base, but she never made it to work, investigators have said. The trousers had dirt on them, leading investigators to believe they were taken off of her while she was lying on the ground, court document state.

An arrest has been made in the abduction of 19-year-old college student Ashanti Billie.

Investigators have not revealed the exact cause of Billie's death.