Missing Persons

19-Year-Old's Body Found Behind Church More Than 300 Miles Away From Where She Went Missing

She was last seen entering a naval base.

A landscaper found the body of Ashanti Billie this weekend more than 300 miles away from where she went missing in Virginia, behind a North Carolina church, WTKR reported.

Billie, 19, went missing from Virginia Beach two weeks ago, on September 18. Police have not released how she died, or when.

"I forgive them. I have forgiveness in my heart and I'll allow God to deal with that," said Meltony Billie, Ashanti's father, at a news conference. "We just want to have closure for her. We want justice. We want it to be made known that you can't get way with doing stuff like this.”

Ashanti Billie was last seen going into the JEB Little Creek naval base, entering through Gate 1 at about 5 a.m., the FBI said. Billie worked at a sandwich shop inside the 4000-acre base, according to People.

But she never got to her job, and she didn’t show up to her college classes later that day. Police found her cell phone in a dumpster 3 miles away from the base and her car totally abandoned on a dead-end road.

No suspects have been identified, Fox 5 DC reported.

JEB Little Creek has not contacted the Billie family, Meltony said.

"Not even a simple call, it made me start saying is there something you are trying to hide? Do you all know something? So that started bothering me," shared Meltony.

When WTKR reached out to the military base, they responded with a simple statement.

"The Navy continues to support the FBI's investigation into the disappearance and death of Ashanti Billie,” it said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time."

Meltony Billie told WTKR that his family is comforted by the fact that police found the body behind a church.

"We see it as, because God let us know that she was going to be going home. We felt that was a way of her being found," said Meltony.

The FBI is investigating the disappearance and homicide along with police officials.

“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,” said Martin Culbreth, special agent in charge of the Norfolk Division of the FBI, according to The Washington Post. “Our community should know that our work does not end here. Now our mission is to bring justice for Ashanti, and we will be relentless in our efforts to find who did this to her.”

Ashanti Billie was a college student at the Art Institute of Virginia Beach. Her family is currently planning her funeral.

"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," said Brandy Billie, Ashanti’s mother, at a news conference. "Ashanti, baby, we love you, we love you and we love you." 

[Image: Virginia Beach Police]

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