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Asha Degree

Updated: Jun 8

On February 14th, 2000 9 year old Asha Degree packed a bag and left her house in the middle of the night during a rainstorm. Asha was last seen near Highway 18 in Shelby, North Carolina. Her case has stumped investigators for years as it defies all runaway statistics. But her parents still hold out hope that she could be alive. Anyone with information is urged to call the FBI at 704-672-6100.


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Resources used in this episode:

DePriest, Joe. “Girl's Vanishing Haunts Shelby.” Charlotte Observer, 24 Feb. 2000, pp. 1L–4L.


“Inmate: I Know What Happened to Missing Child .” Gaston Gazette, 2 Dec. 2020, p. 3A.


Locker, Mandy. “In Missing Cases, Hope Never Fades.” The Charlotte Observer, 26 May 2013, pp. 1A–4A.


“Merritt Island Racer Aids Effort to Find Child.” Florida Today, 25 May 2001, p. 46.


Soper, Aileen. “Cleveland County Girl Missing from Bedroom.” Charlotte Observer, 15 Feb. 2000, pp. 1A–10A.


Soper, Aileen. “Degrees Are Coping Day by Day.” The Charlotte Observer, 5 Aug. 2000, pp. 1L–2L.


Soper, Aileen. “Experts Say Missing Girl Does Not Fit Their Profiles.” The Charlotte Observer, 14 Mar. 2000, p. 4B.


Soper, Aileen. “Search for Girl to Pick Back Up.” The Charlotte Observer , 15 Feb. 2000, pp. 1B–4B.


St. Onge, Peter, et al. “Hopes Cry in Search for Child.” Charlotte Observer, 20 Feb. 2000, pp. 1B–2B.


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https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices/charlotte/news/press-releases/investigators-seek-public-assistance-in-20-year-missing-girl-investigation

https://www.ncdps.gov/our-organization/law-enforcement/state-highway-patrol/missing-persons/amber-alert#:~:text=An%20AMBER%20Alert%20was%20first,and%20the%20child%20returned%20unharmed.&text=About%2095%25%20of%20the%20more,missing%20each%20year%20are%20recovered.

https://www.shelbystar.com/story/special/2020/11/16/inmate-says-he-knows-what-happened-to-asha-degree/114962420/

https://www.wbtv.com/2021/02/14/only-thing-we-got-is-hope-family-asha-degree-still-seeking-clues-st-anniversary-disappearace/

https://www.gastongazette.com/news/20180218/family-of-asha-degree-holds-on-to-hope

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https://newspaperarchive.com/crime-clipping-aug-10-2001-241852/

https://charleyproject.org/case/asha-jaquilla-degree

https://www.newspapers.com/image/646186229/?terms=asha%20degree&match=1

https://www.wbtv.com/story/37493875/finding-asha-leads-still-pouring-in-18-years-after-child-vanished/

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https://www.missingkids.org/blog/2020/search-continues-for-asha-degree





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