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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner’s Office released the results from Ashanti Billie’s autopsy examination Friday.
The report confirms that Billie died of some type of undetermined trauma. The autopsy was performed on September 29.
Billie’s body was found decomposed. The back of Billie’s head and torso as well as her left shoulder and right arm were skeletonized.
Items including clothing; insect larvae; pulled pubic hair; head hair; jewelry; fingernail, teeth, breast, wrist and rectal swabs; and fingerprints were released to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and preserved as evidence on October 6. Results did not show any evidence of medical intervention.
Billie was positively identified by a visual examination of her tattoo – three roses connected by beads on her right thigh – and was confirmed by dental examination.
Billie’s body was found in a secluded, partially wooded area near a church in Charlotte on September 29. Originally from Maryland, she was attending culinary school at the Art Institute of Virginia Beach. She was last seen on September 18 and was reported missing after she did not show up for work at the Blimpie sandwich shop on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek.
U.S. Navy veteran Eric Brian Brown, 45, was charged with her kidnapping and murder on November 14.