February 14, 2000
Shelby, North Carolina

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Photograph taken at age 9
Photo age-progressed to 29


Inside the FBI: Searching for Asha Degree

On this episode of Inside the FBI, we spoke to law enforcement officers investigating Asha Degree’s disappearance.

Seeking Clues in Asha Degree's Disappearance 20 Years Ago

The family of Asha Degree—along with FBI Charlotte and local investigators—continues to seek answers in the North Carolina girl's disappearance on February 14, 2000.

Asha Degree Age-Progression by National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

In January 2020, the non-profit National Center for Missing & Exploited Children produced an age-progression of Asha Degree, a North Carolina girl who was 9 years old when she disappeared 20 years ago on February 14, 2000.

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February 14, 2020

Looking for Asha

Twenty years after the mysterious disappearance of 9-year-old Asha Degree from her home in North Carolina, the FBI and local investigators continue to actively search for clues in the case.


Date(s) of Birth Used August 5, 1990
Place of Birth Shelby, North Carolina
Hair Black
Eyes Brown
Height 4'6" (at time of disappearance)
Weight 60 pounds (at time of disappearance)
Sex Female
Race Black


The FBI is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Asha Degree's disappearance.


Asha Jaquilla Degree has been missing from her home in Shelby, North Carolina, since February 14, 2000. Family members last saw her asleep in her bedroom at approximately 2:30 am. At 4:00 am, she was seen by drivers walking along North Carolina Highway 18 in Shelby, North Carolina. She was reported missing by her parents by 6:30 am. More than a year later, Asha's book bag was discovered buried along North Carolina 18 in Burke County. FBI Charlotte is investigating in partnership with the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.

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