The Puzzling Disappearance Of Asha Degree, Twenty Years Later

Twenty years ago, nine-year-old Asha Degree disappeared. She left her Shelby, North Carolina home in the middle of the night. Nobody knows why she left or where she went. After decades of searching, the most recent evidence of her disappearance is from 2001.

How have we gotten no closer to Asha’s location after 20 years? And why did the FBI decide to re-open the case in 2017? Read about the missing person case that has puzzled people for decades. What happened to Asha Degree?

An Otherwise Normal Day

A portrait shows nine-year-old Asha Degree holding a teddy bear.

February 13th, 2000, was a Sunday and standard weekend for the Degree kids. Asha (pronounced AY-shah) was a fourth-grader at Fallston Elementary in Shelby, North Carolina. She looked forward to Monday, which was both Valentine’s Day and her parents’ anniversary.

That Sunday, Asha and her brother O’Bryant went to church and her aunt’s house for lunch. Then, they went home. Meanwhile, father Harold Degree went to his job’s second shift at PPG Industries plant. Nothing seemed off until the children went to bed.