MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- The families of two Catawba County teens who died after driving off a bridge on a trip to Myrtle Beach have planned joint memorial services this Saturday in Mooresville.

Jake Ziegler, 18, and Ray Pierce, 17, seniors at Bandys High School in Catawba County, left a party in the early hours of Oct. 13. They told friends they were going to take Ziegler s 2006 Pontiac G6 to Myrtle Beach, about four hours away, to watch the sunrise.

When they didn t return, authorities and families began searching retracing the teens path to the beach, handing out fliers at the Carolina Panthers game, even renting a helicopter to search for the green car.

The car and the boys bodies were discovered in marshy water off Interstate 20, just east of Columbia.

A Memorial service for the teens will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 3 at Cavin-Cook Funeral Home Chapel in Mooresville. The family will receive visitors following the service.

Pierce s family is also holding a funeral Mass at noon on Friday, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, the teens families encourage people to make memorials to Community United Effort (C.U.E.) Center for Missing Persons, which assisted in the two-week search for the Ziegler and Ray. The center s mailing address is: P.O. Box 12714, Wilmington, North Carolina 28405.

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