Restaurant where missing Va. teen worked offers to match $10K reward
A Maryland family is asking for help finding their daughter. Ashanti Billie disappeared a week ago in Virginia. Police were called after she didn't show up for work or her college classes.
The FBI is now offering a $10,000 reward leading to any information about her whereabouts. The teen lived in Maryland for four years before moving to Hampton Roads. She recently graduated from Dr. Henry A. Wise High School in Upper Marlboro and moved to Norfolk a month ago to attend culinary school.
Billie, 19, was last seen Sept. 18 entering a military base in Norfolk shortly before 5 a.m., according to the FBI. She was heading to her job at a Blimpie sandwich shop on the base, but never arrived. Soon after, her car was caught on grainy surveillance video leaving the base.
On Thursday, Sept. 28, the sandwich company offered to match the FBI’s $10,000 reward for information that will lead to finding Billie.
"There's no way to determine if she was driving, if she was being forced to drive the car, or if someone else is driving the vehicle," said Brandy Billie, her mother.
According to police, the teen's cell phone was found in a dumpster nearby and her car was later found abandoned in a nearby neighborhood.
"We know she's scared, but she's strong. We raised her to be a fighter and be strong. She's coming home, she's going to come home to us," said her mother.
Ashanti's parents say they won't come back to Maryland until they have their daughter.