After 15 years, Asha Degree's family walks with hope of return

Published: Feb. 8, 2015 at 12:57 AM EST|Updated: Mar. 9, 2015 at 11:57 PM EDT
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SHELBY, NC (WBTV) - Next week, February 14, marks the 15th anniversary of the day 9-year-old Asha Degree went missing.

For the past 14 years, her family has retraced the steps they believe she took the night she disappeared from her Cleveland County home.

Every year the family marches from their home in Fallston, NC to a sign planted in the place where they believe she was last seen. The walk is a little over one and a half miles.

The family says they do it to bring awareness to Asha's disappearance and ask people to keep looking for her. They say they want to remind people that she's missing and that family and friends have not given up searching for her.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children released a new age progression picture of what Asha could look like today, at age 24.

Nobody knows why Asha left her home in 2000, but her family says they haven't given up hope that they will be reunited with Asha someday. "Continue to pray for us because we do believe that she is still alive. We're still looking for a person to walk in and we know that one day we will see her again," says Asha's mother Iquilla Degree.

The degree family says they have a new reason for hope. Monday, the FBI and investigators are set release new information in the case.

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