Thursday, February 2, 2023

FBI seeks surveillance, dashcam footage of Ashanti Billie or her car traveling to Charlotte

Ashanti Billie, 19, of Virginia Beach has been missing since Sept. 18. (Department of Motor Vehicles via the FBI)
Ashanti Billie, 19, of Virginia Beach, was found dead in Charlotte, N.C. on Sept. 29, 2017. (Department of Motor Vehicles via the FBI)

A day before Ashanti Markaila Billie’s “home going service” in Maryland, the FBI put out a request for information related to her disappearance and death.

The FBI is offering up to a $10,000 reward for information about Billie’s death. The 19-year-old college student was last seen entering Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story around 5 a.m. on Sept. 18. She was reporting for work at a sub shop but never arrived. She also missed her scheduled college classes, according to the FBI.

Later on Sept. 18, Billie’s cellphone was found in a dumpster near the corner of Tallyho Terrace and Azalea Garden Road in Norfolk. Her cream-colored Mini Cooper was discovered on Sept. 23 in the Ocean View area of Norfolk in the 9500 block of Lakeside Drive.

Eleven days after she first disappeared, Billie’s body was found near Griers Grove Road in Charlotte, N.C. FOX 46 in Charlotte reported that a body was found around 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 29 by a man cutting the grass at East Stonewall AME Zion Church in Charlotte.

Now the FBI is asking for people who may have seen Billie or her 2014 Mini Cooper, with Maryland tags that read 2CX-0575, to contact the agency.

The FBI believes the Mini Cooper may have traveled between Hampton Roads and Charlotte between Sept. 18 and Sept. 23.

The agency listed three possible travel routes:

  • Route 58 to Interstate 85 through Durham and Greensboro to Charlotte
  • Route 58 to Interstate 95 through Raleigh to Interstate 85 to Charlotte
  • Route 17 to Interstate 64 through Rocky Mount and Raleigh to Charlotte

The FBI is also reaching out to people and business owners who have surveillance video or dashcam recordings that may have captured Billie or the Mini Cooper traveling to Charlotte. If that footage is available, the agency is asking for it to be turned over to its investigators.

Report any information about Billie’s disappearance and death to the FBI’s Norfolk office at 757-455-0100 or agnorfolkFO@fbi.gov. If emailing, use the subject line “Ashanti Billie.”

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