Left: Asha (circa 2000) ; Middle: age-progressed to 19 yrs. ; Right: age-progressed to 22yrs.
Asha Jaquilla Degree
Case Classification: Endangered Missing
Missing Since: February 14, 2000
Location Last Seen: Shelby, NC
** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.
Date of Birth: August 5, 1990
Age at Time of Disappearance: 9
Height at Time of Disappearance: 4'6"
Weight at Time of Disappearance: 60 lbs.
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Alias(s) / Nickname(s): Unknown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Chicken pox scar in the center of her forehead. She also has pierced ears.
Clothing & Personal Items
Clothing: Possibly wearing a white t-shirt with a teddy bear, bleached jeans, and white Nike basketball/
tennis shoes, size 3.
Additional Personal Items: She may be carrying a Tweety Bird purse.
Circumstances of Disappearance
Asha was last seen by her family sleeping in her bed at approximately 2:30 a.m. on February 14, 2000. At 4:00 a.m.,
she was seen by motorists walking along North Carolina Highway 18 in Shelby. These were the last confirmed sightings
of her. Authorities initially believed Asha left of her own accord. In August of 2001, a contractor found her bookbag
approximately 50 yards away from Highway 18, 26 miles from her home. It had been double-bagged in plastic bags. Foul
play is suspected.
If you have any information about this case please contact;
Agency Name: Cleveland County Sheriff`s Office
Agency Contact Person: Detective Pete Hamrick
Agency Phone Number: 704-484-4822
Agency Case Number: 00081CVC
NCMC Case Number: 879788
NamUs Case Number: MP #2316
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.