The search for two missing NC teens comes to SC

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP/WACH) -- The search for two North Carolina teens who went missing more than a week ago on the way to the beach is now focused inland.

Around 30 members of different law enforcement divisions continued to search the area along I-77 in Faifield County Monday.

"The only evidence we have in this case is that their cell phone hit off this tower at 2:44 am last Saturday morning," said Chief Deputy of Fairfield County Sheriff's Office.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported Saturday that the search for 18-year-old Jake Ziegler and 17-year-old Ray Pierce is centered on the area near Interstate 77 in Fairfield County, where authorities say Ziegler used his cell phone to send a text message on Oct. 13 at about 2:45 a.m. Dozens of volunteers are combing an area near Blythewood, about 25 miles north of Columbia.

Friends said the two high school seniors from Sherrills Ford, N.C., were headed to Myrtle Beach, S.C., but there is no evidence they ever arrived. Neither their cell phones nor their debit cards have been used since.

WACH Fox reached out to the Ziegler's sister and she gave us this comment,"The fear of the unknown haunts us, but no matter how many times life has knocked us down in the past ten dayswe will continue to pick ourselves back up and move forward until they are found."