Asha Degree- North Carolina- 2000 Jan 14, 2014 1:20:11 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Jan 14, 2014 1:20:11 GMT -5
Note: As of September 3rd, 2014, Asha Degree would now be 24 years old if still alive. Anyone having information should call 1-800-THE-LOST or the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office (North Carolina)at 1-704-484-4822
Fourteen years ago this February, 9-year-old Asha Degree disappeared from Cleveland County.
After years of investigation by local law enforcement and no answer in her disappearance, Cleveland County authorities say they have a new lead to explore.
A South Carolina-based TV station reported in the past week that a Spartanburg man arrested on charges in the 1990 murder of a 7-year-old girl in Greensboro could be connected to Asha.
Donald Preston Ferguson, 52, was arrested this weekend in connection to the death of Shalonda S. Poole, who was found dead behind a Greensboro Elementary School. Ferguson was living in Spartanburg and arrested in Spartanburg County. He was charged with first-degree murder and first-degree sex offense of Poole and is being held without bond in the Guilford County Detention Center in Greensboro.
Could Ferguson have ties to Asha?
It’s another lead to explore in the case, said Cleveland County Sheriff Alan Norman.
“Between 1990 and today, he probably went through Cleveland County at one time,” Norman said. “It’s another lead we will explore in the Miss Degree case. We will look to see where he was and working 14 years ago.”
Feb. 14 will make the fourteenth anniversary of Asha’s disappearance.
Her family has told The Star the girl walked out of the house in the early morning hours that day in 2000 and never returned.
The family and supporters remember Asha each year on the anniversary of the day she disappeared. Her case has been profiled by such programs as 'America's Most Wanted.'
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