Asha Jaquilla Degree: Missing since 2000 from North Carolina

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Asha Jaquilla Degree vanished from Shelby, North Carolina during the early morning hours of Valentine’s Day 2000.

Her father, Harold Degree, last saw his daughter around 2:30 a.m. sleeping in her bed.  For unknown reasons, sometime between 2:30 and 3:15 a.m., Asha walked out of her family apartment of her own accord.

The last known sighting of Asha was between 3:15 and 4:30 a.m. when two truckers spotted the 10-year-old walking south on Highway 18, just north of Shelby, near the intersection of Highway 180, about a mile from her home.

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The Disappearance of Phyllis Lorain Powell in 1963

powell_phyllisOn January 11, 1963, five-year-old Phyllis Lorain Powell stopped by the home of Lewis and Bernice Vinson, located at 310 Ashe Street in Woodland, North Carolina, at around 11:00 a.m. to watch some television.

Approximately 30 minutes later, she was seen by a neighbor skipping down Ashe Street toward Route 35/Linden Street.

By 12:00 p.m., Phyllis had disappeared without a trace.

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The Unsolved Murder of Chance Douglas Smith

I don’t have a lot of info on this case, but it pulled at my heart, so I always say when a case does that then I’m meant to write about it. There is not a lot of info on this case, which surprised me considering it involved a child.

Chance-Douglas-SmithOn Saturday, December 13, 2003, six-year-old Chance Douglas Smith was visiting his grandparents in Locust, North Carolina, a small town about 26 miles east of Charlotte. A neighbor saw Chance follow a dog (one report said it was Chance’s dog) into nearby woods that afternoon. His family reported him missing to police at 3:49 p.m. when the young boy did not return home.

Law enforcement officials and more than 100 volunteers began searching for Chance. At 11:30 p.m., searchers found Chance lying face down in a pasture near the residence of where he was last seen. Police said he didn’t have a pulse and had suffered a blow to the head. He was taken to Stanly Memorial Hospital where doctors worked for hours to save his young life. Sadly, he died in the early morning hours of December 14, 2003.

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No Justice Yet for Melissa Platt

Melissa PlattOn October 3rd, 2008, 31-year-old Melissa Platt was brutally beaten and left wrapped in a blanket at her North Carolina home until October 8th when her mother, feeling that something was not right, called police to do a welfare check on her daughter. When they found Melissa, she was immediately life-flighted to Pitt County Memorial Hospital where she underwent an immediate craniotomy. She suffered severe bruising all over her body, her jaw was broken on both sides and there were strangulation marks on her neck. On top of all that, her brain was bleeding and she had developed a blood clot.

Melissa had been fighting for her life all alone for days before help came.

She remained in ICU until December 17th when she passed away from her injuries.

Now here is where the injustice part comes in. Her boyfriend had changed his stories numerous times and he was never charged with her murder. He claimed she sustained these injuries from a fall in the bathroom.

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