Arrest made in death of Ashanti Billie, family says

Billie's body was found 11 days later in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Eric Brian Brown, a retired Navy veteran, faces kidnapping charges in connection with Ashanti Billie's death.

According to court documents, Brown, who spent 21 years in the Navy, worked as a day laborer and participated in the construction of the Blimpie this past summer.

In a statement, Billie's family thanked "the FBI, Virginia Beach and Norfolk Police Departments and NCIS for their attention and investigations regarding their daughter".


Billie was last just before 5 a.m. on September 18 entering Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, where she worked at a Blimpie sub shop, authorities said. This is about 300 yards from where Billie's body was found.

A Navy veteran was charged Wednesday with kidnapping a 19-year-old who was last seen on a Naval base in Virginia. One coworker said that Brown made references to Billie's body and made a sexually explicit comment to her, according to court documents. Her auto was seen circling the sub shop about half an hour before it was seen exiting the base - this time being driven by someone in light-colored clothing, court documents state.

Her cell phone was found in a dumpster in Norfolk, while her vehicle was found in the Ocean View area.

Investigators have not revealed the exact cause of Billie's death. Witnesses reported seeing a auto like Billie's parked at various locations in Charlotte near where the body was eventually found-more than 300 miles away from where she went missing. Multiple news outlets, citing court documents, reported that Billie's trousers were found in her vehicle with dirt on them. 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".


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