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 discuss the unrelenting efforts to find Asha Degree, who disappeared at 9 years old from her North Carolina home.

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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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If you have any information concerning this person, please contact FBI Charlotte at (704) 672-6100, your local FBI office, or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.

Field Office: Charlotte

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