SHELBY, N.C. — The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward for any new information that leads to an arrest for anyone responsible for the disappearance of a North Carolina girl as the 15th anniversary of the case approaches.
On Feb. 14, 2000, 9-year-old Asha Degree left her home in Shelby in the middle of the night and disappeared.
Her parents last saw her sleeping in her bed.
Around 4 a.m. the morning she disappeared, FBI agents said drivers thought they saw the child walking along NC Highway 18 in Shelby.
A year later, agents said Degree’s book bag was discovered buried in an area along Highway 18 in Burke County.
FBI agents, Cleveland County deputies and State Bureau of Investigation agents are re-examining every aspect of the case, re-interviewing witnesses and following new leads to determine exactly what happened to Asha, according to a news release.
Degree’s childhood photo, a digitally age-progressed photo and case information will also be featured on digital billboards, in online promotions, and on social media, the release stated.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children will also distribute the new age-progressed photo to homes and businesses near the area where Degree was last seen.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call FBI Charlotte at 704-672-6100.