Jake Ziegler and Ray Pierce: Missing in the Carolinas Found

UPDATE:  Oct. 29, 2012 – Kershaw County Coroner Johnny Fellers told the family that the teens’ cause of death was drowning.

UPDATE: A car has been pulled from the Wateree River on Sunday, October 28.  Two bodies were found inside and the tag of the car matches the car driven by Jake and Ray.  There has not been a positive ID, but Sheriff Reid said he believes they are the missing teens.

It is believed the car went down a steep embankment off I-20 and ended in the river.  There are tire tracks leading from I-20 down the embankment.

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On Thursday, Fairfield County Chief Deputy Keith Lewis said that the information investigators gathered have led them to believe that two missing teens may have crashed on their way to Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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The Ziegler family from Catawba County in North Carolina agree and are asking volunteers to help them search for their son, Jake Ziegler, 18, who went missing with his friend, Ray Pierce while driving to Myrtle Beach on Saturday.

“I believe he’s in a ditch off to the side of the road at a bend. It’s got some heavy brush covering, you’re gonna have to look down there. But if anybody could please-my son doesn’t have much longer if he’s alive. I believe he is,” said Jake’s mother, Zig Ziegler.

Deputy Lewis believes if they did crash, it could have happened along mile marker 48, reports WBTV news.

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