Missing Md. woman’s body found in North Carolina

The body of a 19-year-old Maryland woman who disappeared almost two weeks ago has been found more than 300 miles from where she was last seen.

Ashanti Billie disappeared on Sept. 18 and was last seen around 5 a.m. entering the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Norfolk, Virginia. She was on her way to a sandwich shop where she worked, but never arrived.

Authorities said Billie also didn’t attend any of her college classes. Billie, a graduate of Henry Wise High School in Prince George’s County, was taking culinary classes at the Art Institute of Virginia Beach.

Later that day, her cellphone was found in a dumpster.

Her car was spotted at the military base the morning she disappeared. Five days later, her cream-colored Mini Cooper was found abandoned miles away.

Investigators said a landscaper found Billie’s body behind East Stonewall AME Zion Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.

"We were notified yesterday (Friday) that a body had been found in Charlotte, and we were finally notified today (Saturday) that it was identified as Ashanti Markayla Billie, our daughter," said Billie’s mother, Brandy Billie.

"Our desires and our prayers were answered. She’s home. She is home with God, and we are OK with that. We are well with that," said Ashanti Billie’s father, Meltony Billie.

Investigators have no motive or suspects.

"To the person or persons who decided that 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 that air that she breathed, at all. And Ashanti, baby, we love you, we love you, we love you," Brandy Billie said.

"We tell everybody this is not one of the outcomes that we all were seeking, yet we stay in the fight because, once again, there are other young people that are still missing out here," Meltony Billie said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI Norfolk Office at 757-455-0100, or submit an anonymous tip online at tips.fbi.gov.

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Edna Patel