Parents of missing Virginia Beach college student just want her home

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a missing 19-year-old woman.

Police say that Ashanti Markaila Billie is considered missing after she did not show up for work near Shore Drive, and did not attend a scheduled class near Town Center.

Her disappearance is considered suspicious because some of her belongings were found in Norfolk.

“This has to be a dream,” says Ashanti’s mother Brandy Billie. “It’s not really happening to her, it can’t be.” 

For the Billie family each second feels like an eternity.

“This is something that I never ever prepared myself for,” adds father Meltony Billie.

Meltony and Brandy Billie rushed to Virginia Beach from Maryland and are now waiting for news from investigators.

“Instantly we were like something is not right, because this is not her character,” Meltony Billie says.

Ashanti works at the Blimpie’s sub shop on JEB Little Creek. The family was told video from the guard gate shows her car driving onto the base on her way to work. A short time later, the car was seen leaving. The only sign has been her cell phone found in a dumpster about four miles away on Tallyho Terrace and Azalea Garden Road in Norfolk.

“We don’t know who found her phone,” Brandy Billie adds. “We just know that they have her phone, but we are still looking for her car.”

Police are searching for her cream-colored Mini Cooper with Maryland license plate 2CX-0575. As detectives work, her parents are trying to retrace her steps.

“I wish it was me and not her,” Brandy Billie says. “It shouldn’t be her, she doesn’t deserve that. She doesn’t deserve that at all. She is a good kid. Just bring her home. Bring her home safely.”

Ashanti was last seen in the 4400 block of Bonney Road, Midtown at Town Center Apartments, Monday around 4 a.m. She is 4’11” tall and weighs around 133 pounds.

Anyone with information about Ashanti’s disappearance, or her Mini Cooper, is asked to call Virginia Beach Police investigators at (757) 385-5000 or your local police department.

Those wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solves at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.