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The Nightgown-on-the-‘Stoop’ Theory & Its Plausibilities


From the previous page, it’s easier to see that Asha most likely intended to meet someone she knew and trusted at her exit point and she was most likely wearing her nightgown. But this theory presents more questions: Why was she wearing white pants then–and not her nightgown–when she was spotted on the highway? Why was she even seen walking alongside a highway?

The reasoning goes back to what the perpetrator what us to believe. Remember, the running away scenario was part of his plan, not Asha’s.

The only way anyone of us could consider Asha’s disappearance was part of her plan to run away, was for the offender to create its illusion by having Asha seen by motorists, alone walking along the highway.

There’s a problem with the ‘she left on her own accord’ scenario I’ve read so much about.

Are we to believe that Asha walked a full 1.3 miles down a truck route highway–wearing white–where the speed limit is 55 MPH, and she was only spotted by two motorists?

If Asha did indeed, walk the full way down HWY 18, we should expect that many more motorists would have spotted her, and at the very least, called law enforcement after the fact, much like the two truckers did when they learned Asha was missing.

Also evident, is Asha most likely was taken from her doorway (or in very close proximity to the doorway) in her nightgown and whisked away via automobile; hence, the reason that, despite all the K-9 search and rescue teams, not one dog picked up Asha’s scent, anywhere en route to where she was last spotted along the highway.

Too, it’s more plausible that Asha was made to dress in the most visible outfit she’d packed in her bookbag, driven to predetermined spots along the highway and ordered to walk short paces in order that she be witnessed.


Remember too, that this highway is rural, trenches abound and devoid of streetlights. Walking 1.3 miles alongside of rain-soaked roads, in pitch-black dark, and in the fog, would be very difficult at best for an adult. One motorist who spotted Asha said the storm was ‘raging.’

How does one believe that, in the pitch-black darkness, with the creepy fog, and the storm ‘raging’ that a child should make her way 1.3 MILES down a highway carrying a bookbag and Tweety Bird purse dressed in no coat and no hat?

Does that even make sense–at all?

Page Poser: Does this scenario make sense to you? Would you agree that only someone Asha knows and trusts would care about staging a runaway? do you think this last site was predetermined as I described? What of this information do you not agree with? What would you add as a plausible scenario?


Looking at the area, it’s very dark at night without the rain. Even if we’re to consider Asha walked a bit away from the road’s edge, it would be near impossible to see anything a few feet ahead of oneself. Factor in the torrential rain, ruts alongside the road and the fog, and there’s simply no way Asha, at 4’6″ tall could have managed that distance on foot without the aid of a spotlight–in that short of time.

On the next page, I’ll broach the witness’s account of Asha ‘running toward a wooded area’ and what I believe really happened.



  1. Unlikelyhat says:

    You make some good points but two things don’t make sense. Would they really want her to be seen on the side of the road? It seems like that would create an opportunity for things to go wrong. What if a concerned motorist stopped her or followed her into the woods. And I’d she wasn’t expecting to go farther than the door step, why wouldn’t she herself run towards someone driving down the highway and ask for help. If she was truly out of her comfort zone, even if she trusted the person, it would seem like she’d want to go home and perhaps ask for help. What do you think?


    • findingasha says:

      Thanks for reading up on Asha’s disappearance, Unlikelyhat. To answer your first question, I theorize that the perpetrator absolutely needed Asha to be seen wearing her backpack to convince everyone that Asha was ‘running away by her own will.’ Without the sightings, investigators would look at an abduction situation, and according to reports, they did believe Asha ran. The highway was flat and oncoming traffic could be seen. The abductor most likely orchestrated when and where Asha was to be seen. The speed limit was 55mph and by the time a motorist realized what they saw, the perpetrator could easily call Asha back. The very sad part of child abductions is the perp takes advantage of a child’s fear and vulnerabilities. I believe he surprised her when she was depositing or handing over the bookbag and manipulated her. The thunderstorm and fear of dogs and the the dark made the task more manageable. Too, Asha was afraid of strangers. I believe this was a carefully orchestrated plan that’s been successful for 15 years but my hope is this ‘person’ is found out. Thanks so much for your input; it’s these questions that keep her case fresh in the minds of those who care.


  2. LL says:

    Ahhhh….This might explain why she felt the need to run into the woods and hide upon an observer looking back at her three times. Either she was told to do this if there was any reaction (could’ve been any number of ways this would’ve been communicated to her) OR she’d run from the perp already by this point and was afraid the witness was actually the perp looking for her.


    • findingasha says:

      Yes, this theory also supports that not only did Asha know her abductor, but said person
      was a local. Having Asha seen walking ALONE would be the abductor’s best bet in getting
      away with his crime.

      You’ve brought up another great possibility: Asha may have gotten away at some point but
      may have not ultimately succeeded. This is all speculation, of course and not supported
      by any evidence, BUT these ideas are possibilities.

      I’ll elaborate a bit more on your other questions you posted on the ‘Intriguing Questions Page.’

      See you over there, and thanks for caring about Asha Degree and lending your theories!



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