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Wilmington group locates bodies of missing North Carolina teens

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KERSHAW COUNTY, SC (WIS/WECT) - 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, a Wilmington-based organization, alerted authorities to a vehicle upside down in the river Sunday afternoon. The teens families filed a report with the CUE Center on October 14, the day after the teens first went missing.

The director of the CUE Center says the organization worked with local law enforcement agencies and searched for two weeks straight, from Charlotte area down to Myrtle Beach.

 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.

Copyright 2012 WIS. All rights reserved. WBTV and WECT contributed to this report.

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