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A retired Navy petty officer has been charged in connection with the death of 19-year-old Virginia college student Ashanti Billie.



From report, the Federal authorities announced Wednesday that Eric Brian Brown, 45, had been charged with kidnapping Billie, a resident of Prince George’s County, Md., before she moved to the Virginia Beach area to attend culinary school at the Art Institute of Virginia Beach.
Brown, a day laborer who appears to be homeless, allegedly abducted Billie as she arrived for work at a Blimpie’s sub shop on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek on Sept. 18, according to charging documents unsealed in federal court in Norfolk. Brown has not been charged in Billie’s slaying.
On Sept. 29, Billie’s body was discovered in a wooded area behind a church in Charlotte, which is about 300 yards from Brown’s childhood home and was where Brown attended Vacation Bible School as a child, according to court documents. She was missing teeth, and the body was found on a plastic tarp.
Billie’s mother, Brandy Johnson Billie, said hearing of the arrest gives her “a form of closure.” She and her former husband, Meltony Billie, who have become advocates for families of missing people, said they had struggled to sleep knowing their daughter’s attacker was free.
“Hopefully,” Johnson Billie said, “this person can’t put anyone else’s family through what they put us through, what they put Ashanti through.”
Source:  Justin Jouvenal and Ellie Silverman

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