Navy veteran charged with kidnapping, death of Virginia teen found in Charlotte

Officials said 45-year-old Eric Brown was arrested in connection with the disappearance and death of 19-year-old Ashanti Billie.

The Department of Justice has charged the Navy veteran accused of kidnapping a 19-year-old from Virginia Beach, resulting in her death. 

Eric Brown, 46, reportedly abducted Billie in September of 2017 after she arrived for work at the Blimpie's on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.

Authorities say Brian took Billie against her will from Virginia to North Carolina where her body was later found behind East Stonewall AME Zion Church in Charlotte. 

If convicted of the kidnapping and death, Brown faces a maximum penalty of death and a minimum sentence of life in prison. Brown is also charged with assault resulting in serious bodily injury and theft. Those two offenses could result in a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison. 

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Billie was reported missing in Norfolk, Virginia on Sept. 18, 2017 by her family. Her body was discovered around 9:30 a.m. on Griers Grove Rd. on Sept. 29. 

Brown, who spent 21 years in the Navy, was reportedly homeless and spent time living at random buildings on and off the base. 

He was interviewed on Oct. 27 and he told investigators he was at the base the evening of Sept. 17 and blacked out, stating he had no memory of what he did for several days after that, authorities said.

When officials asked Brown about Ashanti Billie, they said Brown couldn't remember if he did anything to her. His DNA was also found on pieces off Ashanti Billie's clothing, according to investigators.