While practically anyone living in North Carolina can quite readily recall the circumstances regarding Asha’s disappearance, those who live outside the state aren’t so familiar. Here’s a brief summary to acquaint you with her case. Each aspect mentioned here is thoroughly addressed in subsequent pages.
February 14, 2000
- Happy, shy, quiet, obedient and fearful of dogs, the dark, and storms, 9-year-old basketball star, Asha Jaquilla Degree is discovered missing from her bed at 6:30 a.m. where she lives with her mom, dad and 10-year-old brother.
- Cleveland County Law Enforcement, along with the SBI and FBI, volunteer search and rescue teams as well as K-9 teams turned up nothing
- When the 5:00 nightly news hits the airways, two motorists call investigators and report seeing Asha in the wee hours of the morning walking alone 1.3 miles in a near-freezing, raging rainstorm on dark, dark Hwy 18. One witness reports a 3:45 sighting and the other a 4:15 sighting.
- Asha is seen wearing only a white t-shirt, white jeans and white sneakers, carrying her bookbag.
- She has no hat or coat and no flashlight. There are no highway lights in this rural community.
- One witness reported a ‘torrential downpour’ at the time of his seeing Asha. He turns around three times only to see Asha run into a patch of woods.
- Despite ground, K-9 and heat-sensor air searches, not one scent was picked up. Nothing.
- On Thursday, several items confirmed to be Asha’s, were reported found in an open storage shed/barn
- Eighteen months later, Asha’s bookbag/backpack was unearthed 27 miles north by a worker grading a site for development
- The family had no internet, nor did either child have a cell phone or private land line; both children were adequately monitored with other close family living on the same street.
- No one has come forward with new information and no clues have surfaced
Please go through each page in order, so you have a grasp of the case. I welcome your insight, comments and suggestions–even those in dispute of what I post. It’s not about me; it’s about a resolution.