CAMDEN, S.C. — A South Carolina coroner confirmed that the bodies of two North Carolina teens were in the car found in a river.
Kershaw County Coroner Johnny Fellers said Monday that the bodies were those of two Catawba County, N.C., teens who had been missing since Oct. 13.
The bodies of 18-year-old Jake Ziegler and 17-year-old Ray Pierce were found Sunday afternoon in a car under a bridge on Interstate 20.
The boys had left an early-morning party and planned to drive to Myrtle Beach to watch the sun rise.
Fellers said the car ran off the road and down an embankment, ending up in about 10 feet of water.
He said autopsies were planned Monday.
Officials had searched in nearby Fairfield County, based on a cell phone record.
Skydiver who died was veteran jumper
CHESTER, S.C. — Authorities have identified a North Carolina skydiver who died following a hard landing at a Chester County airport over the weekend.
The Chester County coroner said 45-year-old Clarence Huggins of Fayetteville, N.C., was injured when he landed Sunday morning. Huggins died later of trauma at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C.
Officials say that Huggins had made more than 1,000 jumps from airplanes.
Officer hunted after wife shot
WINNSBORO, S.C. — Fairfield County deputies were looking Monday for a Winnsboro police officer they say shot and wounded his estranged wife.
Deputies said the shooting happened around 10 p.m. Sunday in Winnsboro.
Chief Deputy Keith Lewis says authorities think Winnsboro Department of Public Safety Officer Michael Bernard Roseboro was traveling in a patrol car when he shot his wife from his vehicle as she stood on the sidewalk.
Lewis said the couple’s children saw the shooting and are being cared for by relatives. Lewis said the woman is in stable condition.
The State Law Enforcement Division said Roseboro’s car was found Monday morning near Great Falls, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. Authorities said the Roseboro should be considered armed and dangerous.
Loggerhead turtles making comeback
CAPE ROMAIN, S.C. — Endangered loggerhead sea turtles are making a big comeback on the South Carolina coast.
Almost 4,600 loggerhead nests were recorded on the coast this year, the highest number in three decades.
The Department of Natural Resources reports the number of nests increased three straight years.
Officials say the number of nests has remained relatively high for the past five summers.
South Carolina was the first state to require the use of turtle excluder devices in shrimp nets. Lights in many beachfront communities are dimmed so hatchlings can find their way to the ocean. The state is a national leader in training volunteers to monitor nests.
In other news
NORTH CHARLESTON announced Monday that Chief Jon Zumalt is retiring after 11 years in the position. Mayor Keith Summey told the city council that under Zumalt’s leadership, the police department is the best-equipped and most professional in North Charleston’s 40-year history. Zumwalt’s resignation is effective Jan 31.