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BREAKING: Last-minute search yields tragic find

October 29, 2012

Volunteers with Community United Effort (CUE) Center for Missing Persons decided late Sunday to revisit a small section of I-20 near the Wateree River in hopes of finding a clue to the whereabouts of Jake Ziegler and Ray Pierce.

A dozen volunteers from Florida, Virginia, and the two Carolinas chopped their way into the ravines leading to the river a little after 4 p.m.

By 7:30 p.m. Sunday, authorities determined that two bodies were inside the car, which was found in water 12-15 feet deep off the west bank of one of the Wateree River tributaries.

A diver from the Camden Fire Department helped secure the car to retrieve it and to determine if there were occupants, Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Mathews said.

Kershaw County coroner Johnny Fellers confirmed the identities of Jake Ziegler, 18, and Ray Pierce, 17, on Monday.

To read more of this story, pick up the Tuesday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.

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