The killer, former navy vet, may have been obsessed with her.
In Charlotte, North Carolina a young woman’s body was found behind a church and was discovereed by the groundskeeper who was cutting grass.
The woman was identified as Ashanti Billie, 19, who was a native to Norfolk, VA. Though she was identified, her murderer remained a mystery until Wednesday when Department of Justice in Charlotte announced that they had arrested a man by the name of Erick Brian Brown. Detectives at Charlotte-Mecklenburg police homicide unit charged, Brown,45, with Murder.
A surveillance camera at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek recorded the 19-year-old Billie’s Mini Cooper leaving the base early morning on September 18 and almost two weeks later, her body was found near a church in Charlotte, North Carolina.
If convicted, Brown could face up to life in prison.
According to court documents, Brown worked as a day laborer and had worked on the construction of the Blimpie’s deli where Billie was employed, which could explain that connection.
Brown, a 21-year veteran, is homeless and reportedly lived at random facilities and buildings on and off the naval bases. He was frequently seen visiting the Blimpie’s.
Witnesses reported seeing Brown making attempts to flirt with Billie on several occasions, and one witness recalled hearing a conversation where Brown made a crude sexual comment directly at Billie.
obtained personal surveillance video taken shortly after Billie’s car left Little Creek. The video shows her Mini Cooper and a man getting out of it, tossing something into a dumpster. It’s the same dumpster from which investigators later recovered Billie’s cell phone.
With Newly released video, one of the construction workers who helped build the Blimpie’s contacted the FBI, saying that he recognized the man in the video as Eric Brown. He stated he recognized Brown from the way the person in the video walked and also stated he believed the clothes the person was wearing were clothes he had previously given to Brown.
On September 29, Billie’s body was found lying in tall grass in a wooded area behind a church in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was approximately 300 yards from Brown’s childhood home.
Following the announcement of Brown’s arrest, Billie’s family issued the following statement:
The entire Billie family would like to extend their deepest thanks and gratitude to the FBI, Virginia Beach and Norfolk Police Departments, and NCIS for their attention and investigations regarding their daughter, Ashanti Billie. Additionally they would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to all that helped and came forward with tips. At the current time the family needs time to process the information but will be making a public statement soon. Thank you.”
Biographical information released by the Navy says Brown enlisted on January 10, 1991. He ended his service on January 31, 2011.
Brown first was stationed in Hampton Roads in 1996 with Naval Computer and Telecommunications Master Station Atlantic. Among his other duty stations were Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, USS Theordore Roosevelt, and Expeditionary Strike Group 2. Brown also served at Naval Computer and Telephone Station Bahrain.
The body of a 19-year-old woman was found behind a church, 300 Miles away from her home where she originally was reported missing. The body was found behind a church when a groundskeeper who was cutting grass noticed a smell and followed it. He had then found the remains of the young woman who he would later find out was actually reported missing
.Via DAILY MAIL:
Authorities say a man cutting grass early Friday morning at East Stonewall AME Zion Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, smelled something strange, which turned out to be 19-year-old Ashanti Billie’s body.
Billie was reported missing two weeks ago when she didn’t show up to the sandwich shop where she worked in Norfolk, Virginia.
Police haven’t released a cause of death, but the FBI believes she may have been murdered, and have launched a manhunt to track down her killer, according to NBC
It remains unclear if authorities are pursuing a specific suspect.
Billie, a culinary arts student who had recently graduated from high school, was last seen at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek on September 18.
She was thought to be arriving at work at the Blimpie sandwich shop where she was employed as an assistant manager.
Her car was then spotted by neighbor’s on September 23 abandoned on a dead-end street in the Ocean View part of Norfolk.
‘It is with deep regret that I inform the community that Ashanti Billie has been located, deceased, in Charlotte, North Carolina,’ FBI special agent Martin Culbreth said in a statement.