KERSHAW COUNTY, S.C. -- The Kershaw County Sheriff confirmed two Catawba County teens found Sunday afternoon drowned.
The Sheriff told NBC Charlotte the conclusion was reached after an autopsy.
Jake Ziegler and Ray Pierce disappeared while heading to Myrtle Beach in a green Pontiac on October 13.
A search team from the CUE Center for Missing Persons found the Pontiac’s bumper with a license tag matching the boys’ missing car on an embankment leading down to the Wateree River around 4:20 Sunday afternoon.
The river runs under Interstate 20, and the car was submerged in the water between the two bridges on the highway, as if it had rolled down the grassy median before landing in the river.