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Jake Ziegler, Ray Pierce: Funeral plans announced for NC teens found in car in South Carolina river

Jake Ziegler, 18, and Ray Pierce, 17, went missing on Oct. 13, 2012, when they were believed to be headed to Myrtle Beach, S.C. A coroner said their bodies were found in a car submerged in a South Carolina river on Oct. 28 when search crews discovered a car bumper along the Wateree river near Interstate 20. Authorities said they believe the car went off the left side of the road and went down into the river.AboveJake Ziegler, Raymond Pierce Personal photos

Jake Ziegler (left), Ray Pierce
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(CBS/WBTV) CATAWBA CO., N.C. - Family members of Jake Ziegler and Raymond Pierce announced plans for a joint memorial service in honor of the two North Carolina teens found Sunday night in a car submerged in a South Carolina river, CBS affiliate WBTV reports.

Pictures: Bodies of missing N.C. teens found in S.C. river

Ziegler, 18, and Pierce, 17, were reported missing by their families on Oct 14. Investigators said the boys left a party on Oct. 13 and told friends they were driving to the beach.

More than two weeks later, their car was discovered in a creek near the Wateree River in Kershaw County, S.C., just off I-20.

Authorities said they believe the car went off the left side of the road and narrowly missed a guard rail, going down a steep embankment and into the river. WBTV reports that tire tracks were discovered leading from 1-20 down to the embankment.

Kershaw County Coroner Johnny Fellers determined that both teens died from asphyxia due to drowning, WBTV reports.

According to the station, services for both teens will be held at Cavin-Cook Funeral Home Chapel in Mooresville at 2 p.m. on Nov. 3.

Instead of flowers, the families are reportedly asking for donations to be made in the boys names to the C.U.E. Center for Missing Persons. The group is a non-profit agency dedicated to finding missing people.

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