The body of a woman found in Charlotte, NC on Friday has been identified as that of a missing 19-year-old college student who had disappeared last week in the Virginia Beach area.
Authorities say that the human remains discovered behind a church in Charlotte have been positively identifed as Ashanti Billie, a student at a culinary school who was last seen on on Sept. 18 at about 5 a.m. as she entered a military base where she worked in a sandwich shop.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said that the FBI and other agencies are helping with the investigation. Police did not release a cause of death.
“It is with deep regret that I inform the community that Ashanti Billie has been located, deceased, in Charlotte, North Carolina,” said Martin Culbreth, special agent in charge of the Norfolk Division of the FBI. “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.”
A spokeswoman for Billie’s parents said the family would release a statement this evening.
Billie, who graduated from Henry A. Wise Jr. High School in Prince George’s County, moved to Virginia to attend the Art Institute of Virginia Beach, where she studied culinary arts. She had recently started working at a Blimpie sub shop at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.
Investigators said Billie entered the base at about 5 a.m. on Sept. 18, but never arrived at work. A short while later video shows her Mini Cooper leaving the base, but it was not clear if Billie was in it, officials said previously.
Authorities recovered her cellphone in a dumpster in the Norfolk area, and on Sept. 23 they recovered her car in Norfolk as well.