At nine years old, Asha Degree packed her bookbag, left her family home in Shelby, North Carolina and set about walking along a nearby highway. The search for Asha would unfold over 20 years, testing family, law enforcement and a confused community all up to today. No one has seen her since, but many wonder what errant clues haven’t been revealed in this haunting case of a child gone missing.
What happened to Asha? Bruce Buchanan. The Star. March 14, 2000
Transcript of 911 call for missing girl. The Shelby Star. Tuesday, February 15th
Girl's Disappearance Baffles Investigators. Associated Press. March, 15 2000.
Girl still missing Searches by ground, air turn up nothing. Andrew Dys. The Star. Feb 16, 2000.
Authorities try to determine why Asha would run away. Andrew Dys. The Star. Feb 17, 2000.
Could a book lend clues to Asha's leaving Shana Bretzius. The Star. Feb 19 2000.
Investigators begin new phase of search for Asha. Bruce Buchanan. Feb 22, 2000.
Crawford: Keep telling Asha's story. Shana Bretzius. The Star. Feb 23, 2000.
Plea goes nationwide. Heather Barr. The Star. March 15, 2000.
Where is Asha? ShelbyStar.com. Joyce Orlando. Feb. 13, 2016.
Book bag found in Burke County sent to FBI for analysis Cassie Tarpley. The Star. Aug 6, 2001.
Asha's name and number was in the book bag. Cassie Tarpley and Joy Scott. The Star. Aug 7, 2001.
After 15 years, family keeps searching for Asha Degree. Tony Burbeck. WCNC. February 6, 2015
Search renewed in Asha Degree case. Charlotte Observer. Nov. 10, 2004.
New lead on Asha Degree? Jessica Pickens. The Star. Jan 12 2014.
Inmate says he knows what happened to Asha Degree. Diane Turbyfill The Shelby Star. Nov 16 2020.