NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Local activists held a rally outside Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story Monday afternoon to bring awareness about the disappearance and death of Ashanti Billie.
The 19-year-old was a culinary student at the Art Institute of Virginia Beach, and also worked the base. That’s where she was last seen alive.
More than a week later, investigators discovered her body behind a church in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Organizers of the rally — from Progressive Democrats of America and the Stop Global Violence Campaign — said they want to know what investigators discovered from surveillance videos and Billie’s cell phone. They are calling for the U.S. Attorney General to get involved.
Shaun Brown, with Progressive Democrats of America, said she wants to know if Billie’s death is a national security matter.
“Here we are. We don’t really know what happened. This was something that occurred in September, 300 miles away, you find her body, so we have a lot of questions,” Brown said.
The FBI said Monday that it has a large team of investigators working hard on the case and they are unable to go into details. The agency said it was leading the investigation, working with four other agencies, and investigators have a lot of ground to cover and want to get it right. There is a $20,000 reward available for information that helps them solve the case.
Last week, the FBI put up new posters in Hampton Roads and North Carolina to get answers in her case. The flyers ask anyone who may have seen Billie herself or her mini cooper to come forward.
Grainy surveillance video from Sept. 18 shows her car leaving the base, but federal agents have not stated who was behind the wheel at the time. Her car is a 2014 cream or white mini cooper with Maryland tag 2CX0575.
Investigators say it may have been driven between Rocky Mount and Charlotte or on interstates 85 or 95 in North Carolina.
So far, authorities have not named any suspects in the case. If you have any information, call the FBI.