Background and Legislation:
Definitions: § 52-34.4
Critically Missing Adult (CMA) - Effective 7/1/2018
On September 18, 2018, Ashanti Billie drove to Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Norfolk, VA. Approximately 30 minutes later her car was seen leaving and she never showed for work or to a culinary school in Virginia Beach, VA. As the investigation continued into the disappearance into Ashanti’s disappearance, police obtained evidence which led them to believe that she had probably been abducted.
Ashanti’s body was discovered on September 29, 2017, in Charlotte, NC behind a church. Evidence found including DNA evidence led to the arrest of Ashanti’s abductor who was charged federally with abduction and murder.
As a result of this incident, Congressman Jerrauld C. “Jay” Jones began researching into the state’s alert systems for missing and abducted adults. At the time of Ashanti’s abduction, the state’s alert system only dealt with:
On January 3, 2018, Congressman Jones introduced House Bill 260 Virginia Critically Missing Adult (CMA) Alert Program which Governor Ralph Northam signed into law on April 5, 2018.
Definitions: § 52-34.10
Endangered Child Alert
The Endangered Child Alert is a component of the Virginia AMBER Alert. For details about this alert and the Virginia AMBER Alert please visit www.vaamberalert.com ..
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