Ashanti Billie found Dead in Charlotte

BREAKING: Body found behind church believed to be missing teen Ashanti Billie A landscaper discovered a woman’s body around 9:30 a.m

A person familiar with the Ashanti Billie investigation, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said a woman’s body found behind a church in Charlotte, N.C., this morning is believed to be that of the 19-year-old who went missing 12 days ago.

Ashanti Billie
Ashanti Billie

A landscaper discovered a woman’s body around 9:30 a.m. behind East Stonewall AME Zion Church off Interstate 85 when he was trimming. The church is about a mile off the interstate, a popular route from Hampton Roads to Charlotte.

“We have received information that a body has been located in Charlotte, North Carolina,” Kimberly Wimbish, a family publicist, said this afternoon at the Virginia Beach hotel where Billie’s parents are staying. “As the family awaits further updates, we ask that you continue with us in prayer that it is not Ashanti.

A body found behind a Charlotte, North Carolina, church Friday morning could belong to a Virginia Beach teen who disappeared 12 days earlier.

Ashanti Billie dead
Ashanti Billie

The FBI released this statement: “We are aware of the situation regarding human remains found in Charlotte area, but there has been no positive identification at this time. We are looking into it but can’t confirm anything.”

Billie was last seen around 4 a.m. Sept. 18 at her apartment complex on Bonney Road near Town Center. The same day she went missing, her phone was found in a dumpster fully charged and undamaged.

Billie’s mother said her daughter drove up to a gate at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story where a guard checked her ID at 4:46 a.m. She was supposed to work at the Blimpie on base that morning. Her car was seen leaving the base about half an hour later, but it’s not known who was driving or how many people were in the car, her mother has said.

Billie’s 2014 cream-colored Mini Cooper was found Saturday in an Ocean View neighborhood in Norfolk.

More than 75 people showed up last night at the edge of Azalea Garden Road and Tallyho Terrace where Billie’s cellphone was found to search for her.