Ashanti Billie's accused killer was not tracked before disappearance
There are no records of Eric Brown, who is accused of kidnapping a Prince George’s County 19-year-old from a Norfolk Naval Base and killing her, leaving Joint Base Little Creek in the four days before the disappearance.
Billie’s parents are still grieving.
Eric Brown’s arrest is helping to answer some questions, but it is not enough.
“Now it is really time to get down to the details,” Brandy Billie said “What happened? How did it happen? Why did it happen? How was it allowed to happen?”
Brown is a 45-year-old retired Navy veteran who served 21 years.
The Navy said he had a pretty good military career, but it appeared between 2011 and 2017 that something went wrong.
The FBI said Brown was homeless and would stay on and off the naval base.
Legal documents showed that Brown had been seen on the campus sleeping in a chair and inside of the laundromat.
It’s also where he took showers and changed clothes.
The FBI said he also stored his belongings in Naval base lockers.
“I have never heard of that,” Randy Brown said. “In my experience, if you are not active duty, you can’t get on the base.”
Brown has worked for 11 years with the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.
Data shows the number of homeless vets is going down.
However, the Navy revealed Brown was no ordinary homeless person.
He had a retirement pension and benefits.
The Navy said Brown made good money and chose to be homeless.
Brown had what is called a common access card which is given to active duty military and their families, civilian workers, contractors, and retirees.
A Navy spokesperson said Brown did not have a home on the base and there is no homeless facility inside.
Security does not track how long someone stays on the base or where he or she goes.
Congressman Scott Taylor said it might be time to review policies and possibly make changes, but he cautioned making any hasty decisions.
“When you look at a scenario like this, you have to look at the lessons learned. You have to look at flaws in the security system, are there flaws in the training? You have to look at that,” Congressman Scott Taylor said.
A Navy spokesperson said they’re glad to hear about the arrest and hopes it brings comfort to Ashanti Billie’s family.
There were no reports of suspicious behavior reported before Billie’s disappearance and murder.
Anyone with a criminal record or criminal activity is barred from accessing Naval installations.
The ID card has a bar-code, and when scanned, if there is an infraction, it alerts the gate sentry and access are denied, according to a Navy spokesperson.