CATAWBA COUNTY, NC (WBTV) –
For many people in North and South Carolina, the story of teenagers Jake Ziegler and Ray Pierce was one of hope and then heartbreak.
The Bandys High School seniors went missing in mid-October on a trip to Myrtle Beach and were found two weeks later in a submerged car in the Wateree River in South Carolina.
Troopers believe the car went off the left side of the road narrowly missing a guardrail, down a steep embankment and came to a stop in the river.
The boys were found by volunteer searchers from the Community United Effort (CUE) Center for Missing Persons out of Wilmington, NC. The teens’ families filed a report with the CUE Center on October 14, the day after the teens went missing.
The director of the CUE Center says the organization worked