Missing woman's car found; father: 'It's another bread crumb closer'

The parents of Ashanti Billie, who disappeared on September 18, 2017 talk after police recovered Billie's car.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- There was a major development on day six in the search for Ashanti Billie.

The 19-year-old last was seen on September 18.

Virginia Beach Police confirmed that a white Mini Cooper seen in pictures that a viewer sent to 13News Now is Billie's car.

The viewer spotted the car traveling eastbound on I-264 around 2:30 p.m. Saturday, chained to a Virginia Beach Public Works Fleet Management Car.

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The car was found in Norfolk/

"It's another bread crumb closer," said Ashanti’s father, Meltony Billie.

Investigators began searching for Billie after she didn't show up to any of her college classes or for work near Shore Drive and Little Creak Road.

"The next step is locating her,” said Meltony Billie.

Billie's parents said they see the progress in looking for their daughter. She was last seen around 4 a.m. on September 18 at Midtown at Town Center Apartments in Virginia Beach.

"This is something I would never ever experience, you know. expect that anybody would go through this, I thought I would've had a better chance at winning the lottery than to go through what I'm going through right now," said Meltony.

Billie’s phone was found in a dumpster four miles away from her last known location. 

"It means they're out doing their job," said Meltony. Meltony and Brandy Billie said they believe social media played a role in helping police find the car.

Both of Ashanti’s parents are military veterans.

"Numerous deployments between both of us, and we always tell Ashanti, 'Mommy coming home. Daddy -- we're coming home. That's what we do. We come home,” said Brandy, adding. "Ashanti, I know you're coming home, because that's what we do. Our family, we come home.”

Billie moved to Virginia Beach in August. After her disappearance, her family came to Hampton Roads from Maryland.

"The love and support both near and far has been, has been unexplainable, unexplainable,” said Meltony.

"This current situation with my daughter, is not just about her. It's about every, every, every young person, every person out there," explained Meltony. "I made a vow to God, that no matter what the outcome is, from this point forward, my job is to just be there."

"If we can bring one, bring back one ... one then we'll be obedient to what God has said," said Meltony.

A prayer vigil is planned for tomorrow to pray for Billie's safe return. It is open to the community and will take place near her school at the Virginia Beach Town Center fountain at 6:30 p.m..

According to police, this is uncharacteristic behavior for Billie, and since her property was found in another place, the case is being investigated as a missing person under suspicious circumstances. 

Billie is 4'11" tall and weighs around 133 pounds. If you have any tips on where Billie might be, please call Virginia Beach Police.

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