Unsolved Mysteries of the World
Where is Asha Degree?
Welcome to Unsolved Mysteries of the World, Season six episode 3, where is Asha Degree?
Nine year old Asha Degree went to be at around 10pm on the evening of February 3rd, 2000. Rain clouds had darkened the neighbourhood in Shelby, North Carolina and the weather report indicated more rain was to come, heavier rain, throughout the evening and into the next day, Valentines Day.
At around 2:30 in the morning, Asha's older brother was stirred awake by what he described as Asha either tossing and turning or getting off of her bed. The bed creaked and O'Bryant Degree sighed as he thought his little sister, with whom he shared a room with, was going to continue on interrupting his sleep throughout the night.
But Asha was not simply rolling over or having trouble sleeping. She was trying her best to be quiet, and it seemed to work. O'Bryant turned over and placed his pillow on his head covering up any further sounds. Asha got dressed and packed a small backpack with clothes and other items. She left the house quietly and unnoticed. He family has never seen or heard from her since.
A motorist, driving down the highway in the rainswept city noticed a little girl matching Asha's description walking down the highway. Curious and alarmed that a little girl, alone at 4am was walking down the highway in a rain storm, the motorist turned around to offer help.
When Asha saw the motorist approach she ran off in the woods. The motorist called for her, but she disappeared into the dark woods.
The next morning Asha's bed was found empty and her parents called authorities immediately and and extensive search was undertaken. The motorist came forward with their details of the evening and the woods were searched.
In the woods they found candy wrappers, pencils, markers, and a Mickey Mouse hair bow that Degree's parents identified as Asha's.
A year later, and more ominous the police found Asha's backpack 18 miles from her house along Highway 18. The backpack was found buried and wrapped in plastic garbage bags in an attempt to hide it.
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