Search for Missing Teens About to Take a Turn
BLYTHEWOOD, S.C. - The days are ticking by and still, not a sign of 18-year-old Jake Ziegler or 17-year-old Ray Pierce. The boys, both from Sherrills Ford, NC, disappeared last Saturday. They were in Jake's green Pontiac G6, on their way to Myrtle Beach. Jake had apparently just broken up with a girlfriend.
Social media is burning up. The "Help Find Jake and Ray" Facebook page has more than 22,000 "likes." But with the attention comes theories and assumptions, to which Jackie Ziegler, Jake's sister, pays no mind. She says pointedly, "I don't assume anything. I go off of facts, my facts are cell phone tower pings, my facts are cell phone records."
The last communication from the boys was a text from Jake's phone. Jackie says it simply read "we're almost to the beach," but private investigator Kevin Ryan hopes other messages are more revealing. He says, "There's gonna be some investigation done where we're gonna take a look at their steps leading up to October 13th and the early morning hours."
While the PI digs into cell and bank records, family members still say the search crews are still vital. Ray Pierce's uncle, also named Ray Pierce, says "Boots on the ground is (sic) important in any type of mission."
Right now the search crews are focused along the highways in the Blythewood, South Carolina area. But the private investigator says that could change. "A different direction of investigation may happen based on what we find," he says.
The private investigator also says he's paying close attention to Facebook posts and tweets about the case.