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Bodies of Missing Teens Found Near River

After a two-week search, the bodies of Jake Ziegler and Ray Pierce have been found.

COLUMBIA, SC -- A post from the Facebook page dedicated to the search for the missing teens Jake Ziegler and Ray Pierce confirmed the worst Sunday night. 

The bodies of both boys were recovered in Kershaw County near the Wateree River off of I-20, the post stated.

It appears to be a single car accident.

The post in its entirety follows: 

We are sadden to say that the bodies of Jake Ziegler 18, & Ray Pierce have been found approximately an hour ago. Search crews along the Wateree River found the bumper of the car off of I20 East near the 96 mile marker. According to Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews, the bumper had the license plate from the car as well. It seems to be a single car accident. There is no proof that another vehicle was involved. There are no other details at this time and you all will be updated as soon as we can. We could not update you at that time due to not all the family had been contacted.

For everyone who wants to send prayers to the family, please send a private message on here and when Sue Ziegler has time she will view them. We just ask for everyone to please give them a little breathing room at this moment. Please continue to pray for them for this will be the hardest thing they will go through in their life and we want to thank all of you wonderful Prayer Warriors to help them along the way. Again, when we know more, we will let you know. Thank you & God Bless.

Gigi Cruz October 30, 2012 at 05:22 AM
My deepest sympathy, so sorry for your loss. RIP Jake and Ray Marilyn, from Marin Co. San Francisco Bay area
m grimes October 30, 2012 at 07:37 AM
The article says "found NEAR the river".
Yolanda October 30, 2012 at 08:48 PM
My prayers are with both families as I know how you feel. My heart is heavy right now for I feel your pain. I lost 3 family members in a single car accident on Christmas Eve last year we didn't find them until 3days later. Just know that God is still in control and there is no pain that he cant feel. Keep your hands in God's hand during this hard time I promise trusting God keeps you from losing it.
Lisa brown November 05, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Oh that's so sad. Our family too had a tragedy this summer. I want to trust God. It's hard sometime . Our niece was murdered and left tthree sweet daughters behind.She was missing too and what a relief to find her body. This was in cottonwood az. I feel for this family. There lived are changed forever. Please know people do care!! God bless your family!!
Jackie Ziegler December 28, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Hello my name is Jackie Ziegler and I am Jake's sister. I wanted to thank everyone for their kind words in our time of need. We truly appreciate all of the support we have gotten through the most difficult time in our lives. Slowly we are healing together.

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