Coroner: Missing teens' bodies found in car in Wateree River
KERSHAW COUNTY, SC (WIS) - The bodies of two missing North Carolina teens have been found in a submerged car in the Wateree River near Interstate 20, according to the coroner.
"It does appear these are the two boys they're looking for," said Kershaw County Coroner Johnny Fellers.
Jake Ziegler, 18, and Ray Pierce, 17, both of Catawba County, NC had been missing for over two weeks.
Investigators say the boys left a party October 13th and told friends they were driving to the beach.
State, local and county officials rushed to the scene after a searcher with the CUE Center for Missing Persons alerted authorities to a vehicle upside down in the river Sunday afternoon.
The vehicle was found near the 96 mile marker, which is an exit for Camden. It appears the car went into the median and then went down a steep embankment into the river.
The last sign of the boys came from a ping off one of their cell phones that night along I-77 in South Carolina. Crews searched up and down the interstate and in Myrtle Beach.
The friends attended Bandys High School. Their families have said they had hope the boys would be found alive, but prepared for the worst.
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