Ashanti Alert for missing Virginia Beach mother expires

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The Critically Missing Adult (Ashanti) Alert for the 40-year-old Virginia Beach mother who’s been missing for more than three weeks has expired. 

Authorities are still “actively searching” for Bellamy Gamboa, who’s been missing since July 1, but the Virginia State Police say the official Ashanti Alert has expired. 

10 On Your Side reached out to State Police, who say the expiration of the alert is due to an administrative policy with the alert system. They say Virginia Beach Police didn’t renew the alert, so it expired — it doesn’t mean Gamboa was found, or that the search has been discontinued. 

The new alert was just signed into law this year after it was introduced by local Delegate Jerrauld Jones in honor of the late Ashanti Billie. 

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Gamboa is 5’1″, 135 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. She has a band of roses tattoo on her upper right arm and “Bellamy” on her right ankle.

Gamboa’s family has organized a basketball tournament to raise money for the search effort and for Gamboa’s four children.

The announcement came the same day alerts were expired for a missing Charlottesville man and a 19-year-old Pamplin, Virginia, woman who authorities now believe was shot and killed in Spotsylvania County after being abducted. 

This article will be updated. 

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