North American Missing Persons Network
Asha Jaquilla Degree

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Above Images: Left and Center: Degree, circa 2000 Right; AP to age 24

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 14, 2000 from Shelby, North Carolina
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: August 5, 1990
  • Age: 9
  • Height: 4'6"
  • Weight:60 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Black
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: Black
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: May wear her hair in pigtails.
  • Clothing: Believed to be wearing a white shirt, white jeans,
    white shoes and may be carrying a purse with Tweety Bird on it.
  • NCIC Number: M-270507734
  • Case Number: NCMC879788

  • Details of Disappearance
    Degree resided with her family in an apartment on Oakcrest Street in Shelby, North Carolina in 2000. She was last seen inside her home at approximately 2:30 a.m. on February 14, 2000. By dawn, her parents were unable to locate her anywhere in the house. At 4:00 a.m., she was seen by motorists walking along North Carolina Highway 18 in Shelby, North Carolina.

    In August 2001, a book bag bearing Asha's name and phone number was discovered along NC 18, the same highway where she was last seen. A pair of men's khaki pants and bones thought to belong to an animal also were retrieved from the search.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Cleveland County Sheriff's Office
    (704) 484-4822

    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Child Protection Education of America, Inc.