NORFOLK - NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- The search continued Thursday for missing 19-year-old Ashanti Billie. She was last seen 10 days ago entering Joint Expeditionary Base-Little Creek where she works at Blimpie Subs.
“I’ve just been doing a lot of praying and my heart just goes out to the family,” said Jovel Jernigan, one of more than 80 volunteers to participate in a foot search on Tallyho Terrace.
That was the street where Billie’s cell phone was found in a dumpster on September 18, the same day she was reported missing.
“If it happened to my family I would want people out here helping me too,” said volunteer Jessica Linn.
“Cause it could be your daughter, your niece, your friend, it could be anybody,” said volunteer Tonya Hopson.
These volunteers scoured the neighborhood passing out her picture to neighbors and looking for evidence. The family is desperate for answers.
“We just ask if anybody knows anything, sees anything, hears anything, any little bit of information, we’ll appreciate it, just bring my baby back home to us,” said grandma Virginia-Houston Jones.
People even went into the nearby woods. No stone was left unturned.
“I had found this glove in the bushes,” said volunteer Beth Jones, holding up a plastic physician’s glove. “So I picked it up so I’m not sure if it is anything but it’s worth getting checked out.”
While more volunteers searched Lakeside Drive in Ocean View where Ashanti’s car was found on Saturday. There a pink shoe was discovered. Any and all potential evidence is being turned over to the police.
“Virginia, we’re like 15 in the nation for human trafficking, so I feel like she is still around here somewhere so we are just trying to find her,” said search organizer Kimberly Wimbish.
The family said they are incredibly thankful for all the support. Following the search strangers even held hands and prayed for Ashanti’s safe return.
“God is going to bring her home safe and sound and with the help of all these good people that came out today,” said Jones.
The FBI and Blimpie Subs have combined to offer a $20,000 reward to anyone who provides information that helps solve this case. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Virginia Beach Police at 757-385-5000, CrimeLine at 1-888-Lock-U-Up or FBI Norfolk at 757-455-0100.
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