GASTONIA — Friends and family say two North Carolina women whose bodies were dumped miles apart in South Carolina knew each other.

Multiple media reports Thursday said authorities are investigating the slayings of both Gastonia women as homicides, but haven't said the cases are connected.

The York County, S.C., Sheriff's Office said a badly burned body spotted on Sunday by a horseback rider in Kings Mountain State Park was that of 30-year-old Randi Dean Saldana. The body of 17-year-old Heather Marie Catterton was discovered three weeks ago about 10 miles away.

Catterton's father said he had seen his daughter and Saldana together.

Saldana's boyfriend said she knew Catterton, but they had little in common because of their age difference.