Multiple Myrtle Beach sightings of missing N.C. teens still not confirmed

akelley@thesunnews.comOctober 19, 2012 

— Tips continue to pour in while family and friends search for a pair of teens from North Carolina who have been missing for a week.

Jake Ziegler, 18, and Ray Pierce, 17, left a party near Sherrills Ford, N.C., in the early-morning hours last Saturday, telling friends they were headed for Myrtle Beach to see the sun rise. The two, seniors at Bandys High School, haven’t been seen since.

One of the latest tips on Friday was investigated by Myrtle Beach police.

Capt. David Knipes said someone reported seeing the pair at the Gay Dolphin, a landmark gift shop on Ocean Boulevard, about 11 a.m. Monday. There is no surveillance footage inside the shop or on the streets to confirm that sighting, Knipes said.

Jackie Ziegler, sister of Jake Ziegler, said the search moved to the Conway area on tips from multiple psychics who said the boys are injured in a overturned car in a desolate area.

The last known contact from the teens came from the Interstate 77 area.

Authorities said one of the teens sent a text message about 2:45 a.m. Saturday, and the phone was in use on I-77 in Fairfield County, between exits 45 and 48. That is about 35 miles north of Columbia. The signal bounced off a cell tower in Rock Hill.

Neither of the teens’ cellphones or bank cards have been used since.

Both teenagers are described as being about 5-foot, 11-inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds each.

Ziegler was last seen wearing gray cargo shorts and a royal blue T-shirt with white reverse lettering. Pierce was wearing blue jeans, a red and gray RVCA jacket and Timberland boots.

Anyone with information is asked to call 888-CRIME-SC.

Contact AMANDA KELLEY at 626-0381.

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