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Taking Asha’s Disappearance Apart Bit by Bit: Debunking the ‘Runaway’ Possibility


While I believe that Asha did, indeed ‘leave’ her home willingly, she did not run away. Why the assertion Asha didn’t run away? It’s quite complicated and I hope to enlighten readers with how I came to this determination after learning the facts.

It is clear that Asha packed her backpack and on February 14th–her parent’s anniversary–left her home of her own free will in the wee hours of that cold, rainy, foggy Monday morning.

At around 3:45, the first of two motorists spotted a person fitting Asha’s size, dress and backpack walking alone on Highway 18 (1.3 miles south of the Degree’s house), the same route as her school bus. The second driver spotted someone who is believed to be Asha near the intersection of Highway 180, at around 4:15 a.m.

It is believed Asha was dressed in head-to-toe white: jeans, shirt and sneakers carrying a black backpack and lime green purse with Tweety Bird on its front.

Asha’s fourth grade class had just finished studying the children’s classic, The Whipping Boy and suggestion has it that Asha may have been influenced by the book’s characters, where two boys run away together, experiencing quite an adventure before returning home.

I’ll debunk this ideal completely and perhaps others will see my argument as valid.

But first, let’s take an in depth (as much as I’m able) look at who Asha is as well as her family life on the following page.

Page Poser: Are you familiar with the story, The Whipping Boy? After reading this page have your thoughts changed?



  1. Anastasia says:

    Also I meant to ask you for some clarification about the timeline the night before Asha vanished if you have better information, because I don’t like inconsistencies and this isn’t clear for me. In more than one report I have read that Asha went to bed at 8pm and that the power was knocked out an hour later by a car accident nearby, but then more than report also says that Asha’s Mother went to wake the children early on the morning Asha was found missing so they could bathe because they had not been able to bathe the night before due to the power outage, but then in some other reports it is stated that Asha was laying on the sofa in her clothes until midnight and then changed into her nightgown and went to bed. I believe you went by the Jet interview with Asha’s Mother since that is her first-hand account. I’ll go look at that interview again. Thank you so much!


    • Hi Anastasia, Like you, I have to go with what’s been publically reported, as I’m not law enforcement (LE). Sometimes timelines change because things get remembered or mis-reported. Well, if I were a parent of a lost child, I would be rattled beyond comprehension. I found later, firsthand accounts seemed to be really thorough and clearly reported. BUT, if you’re outlining on your own, I would make two timelines and go from there. I found with each point along the way, it was easier to research and ponder as I went along. You’re very articulate, and I’m sure your efforts will be MUCH appreciated. 🙂


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