Who Is Ashanti Billie? Navy Veteran Charged With Teen's Kidnapping

Posted November 09, 2017

Billie, 19, disappeared on September 18 while she was en route to work at a sandwich shop on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Norfolk, Va. Surveillance video showed Billie driving her auto onto the base that morning.

On Sept. 29, Billie's body was found in a wooded area behind East Stonewall AME Zion Church on Greir's Grove Road, about 300 yards from Brown's childhood home.

The FBI and Blimpie teamed up to offer a $20,000 reward in her case.

This story is developing.

A retired Navy veteran was arrested Wednesday on a kidnapping charge in connection with Ashanti M. Billie, a 19-year-old Virginia Beach woman and Maryland native, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Eastern District of Virginia. 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.

Documents say that during an interview with investigators, Brown confessed to kidnapping Billie, but not killing her.

Investigators have not revealed the exact cause of Billie's death. She was on her back and the mummification process had already started. Video from a separate gate appeared to show a different person driving the auto off the base. They say Brown's web search history on his phone after Billie's disappearance includes phrases like "police looking for man", "missing woman and baby", and "missing woman and man". She also did not show up for her scheduled college classes near the Virginia Beach Town Center.

According to court documents, 45-year-old Eric Brian Brown is accused of abducting Billie on September 18, the day her auto was last seen leaving JEB Little Creek in Norfolk.