Authorities searching in SC for 2 missing NC teenagers

Horry County Police Chief speaks with parents of missing teens

SHERILLS FORD, N.C. (WPDE / AP) -- Authorities are searching for two missing Catawba County high school students who left home for a party last weekend and haven't been heard from since.

Officials say friends of 18-year-old Jake Ziegler and 17-year-old Ray Pierce said the two were headed for Myrtle Beach, S.C., around 1:30 a.m. last Saturday. The last contact from the two seniors from Bandys High School came about 2:45 a.m. Saturday, when Ziegler sent a text message. Authorities say the message was sent from Interstate 77 in Fairfield County in South Carolina.

Neither their cell phones nor their debit cards have been used since.

According to WPDE, The family has been talking to a number of psychics and they have told the family to search in the Conway and Socastee areas. The psychics told the family they believe the missing boys are in a car flipped upside down somewhere, according to Jackie Ziegler, sister of missing Jake Ziegler.

Part of the search is focusing on I-77 between Rock Hill and Columbia, S.C., where it's believed the teens' car may have crashed. Another search is under way in Horry County.

(The Associated Press and WPDE contributed to this report.)

close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off