Timed to coincide with the 15th anniversary of the disappearance of 9-year-old Asha Degree, the FBI is now offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for her disappearance.
On February 14, 2000, 9-year-old Asha left her home in Shelby, North Carolina, in the middle of the night and has not been seen since. Her family last saw her asleep in her bedroom around 2:30 a.m. An hour and a half later, she was seen by drivers walking along North Carolina Highway 18 in Shelby. Her parents reported her missing by 6:30 a.m.
More than a year later, Asha’s book bag was found buried along Highway 18 in Burke County.
Investigators are re-examining the case, re-interviewing witnesses, and following new leads to determine exactly what happened to Asha.
Media publicity, digital billboards, online promotion, and social media will all be used to publicize the new reward being offered. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has created an age-progressed photo of what Asha may look like in 2015 at age 24. NCMEC will distribute the new photo to homes and businesses near the area where Asha was last seen. Adams Outdoor Advertising is donating digital billboard space in the Charlotte area.
Anyone with information regarding this case should call the FBI at 704-672-6100.