Family of missing Virginia Beach woman heading to Charlotte after woman’s body found behind church

Posted at 8:57 PM, Sep 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-30 15:06:35-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.  - The family of missing Virginia Beach 19-year-old Ashanti Billie will head to Charlotte to view a body that was found Friday, a spokesperson for the family told News 3.

The Norfolk chapter of the FBI was made aware of a woman's body that was found behind a church. An FBI spokesperson said that the body has not been identified and nothing has been confirmed.

Billie, originally from Maryland, was attending culinary school in Norfolk. She was last seen on September 18, and her disappearance raised eyebrows after she did not show up for work at the Blimpie sandwich shop on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek. She also did not show up for her scheduled college classes near the Virginia Beach Town Center.

Her Mini Cooper was found near Ocean View in Norfolk, and her cell phone was discovered in a dumpster on Tallyho Terrace.

The FBI's Norfolk chapter and Blimpie are offering a combined $20,000 reward for any information that could assist them in locating Billie's whereabouts.

A group of volunteers participated in a search partyThursday afternoon in the neighborhood where Billie's cell phone was found in an attempt to gather new clues.

FBI Norfolk is working with local authorities and agents in Charlotte in the investigation.

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