When a young girl vanishes into a dark and stormy night, investigators are baffled by her disappearance. One of the most mysterious unsolved cases in North Carolina history is explored in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Sources used to research this case:

Clues Sought in Disappearance of 9-Year-Old Who Disappeared 20 Years Ago (FBI)

Missing & Black: What Happened to Asha Degree? (Anslem Samuel Rocque / Jet Magazine)

National Estimates of Missing Children: An Overview (OJJDP)

Girl’s Disappearance Baffles Investigators (Star News, March 15, 2000)

Sleep Walking & Sleep Talking (AASM)

Sleepwalking (Mayo Clinic)

Items Found, But Still No Asha (Andrew Dys / The Star)

If you have any information about the disappearance of Asha Degree, call the FBI at 704- 672-6100 or the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office at 704 484-4822.


    1. LOL! Sorry if that anecdote was confusing. As far as I know, she wasn’t a fan, but when I was a kid I found a NKOTB puzzle under her couch, and I remember wondering who the heck they were. They were *slightly* before my time–I was a kid during the height of the Backstreet Boys’ and Britney Spears’ popularity. I suspect the puzzle had been lurking under her couch since my infancy. Maybe it was something one of my older second-cousins played with. But to me, it seemed like a relic from a distant time.



      1. Ha, whew. I know I’m old but I legit thought I was losing my mind. Fans of NKOTB were pretty young – like 9 – 13, not teenagers. So if you figure the height of their popularity was around 1990, fans would have been roughly 18 – 23 or so around the time Asha went missing. Which means a kid Asha’s age with older siblings or cousins could very well have such a shirt – I know her family said it wasn’t hers, but your analysis made it sound like the owner of the shirt would have been 30-40 or older at the time, which I think is off.


      2. Yeah, I guess they’re not *quite* ancient history. 🙂

        I think it’s totally plausible that the shirt could’ve belonged to the older sibling or cousin of someone Asha’s age, as you suggested. For that matter, maybe I would’ve been familiar with them prior to the couch discovery if I had older siblings (I’m the oldest among mine).


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