Remains of man missing since 1997 found after resident’s Google Earth search

A submerged vehicle with the skeletal remains of William Earl Moldt was found after being spotted on Google Earth

A submerged vehicle with the skeletal remains of William Earl Moldt was found after being spotted on Google Earth

According to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, Moldt, then a 40-year-old resident of Lake Worth, was last heard from November 7, 1997, around 9:30 p.m., when he called his girlfriend to say he was leaving a nightclub and would be home soon.

In the images from Google Earth, you can see what appears to be a auto in a retention pond that is flanked by homes.

The remains of a man who went missing 22 years ago in Lantana, Florida have finally been found thanks to satellite images on Google Earth, the BBC reports.

Moldt reportedly did not appear intoxicated that night and left alone in his vehicle.

A white vehicle can be seen in the top left corner of the murky pond.

A property surveyor looking at Google Earth spotted the auto on August 28 this year.

The police received a report of a vehicle submerged in a pond on Moon Bay Circle, Wellington, Florida. Using his personal drone, the current resident confirmed there was a vehicle in the pond and contacted police.

Late last month, a resident of Wellington, Florida who was looking at the area on Google Earth saw the white outline in the water. It was removed from the water, and a week later, skeletal remains found in the auto were positively identified as Moldt.

The remains were identified after being processed by the Medical Examiner's Office, police added. The neighbour asked Fay whether he knew about it.

Google Earth helped law enforcement discover the remains of a Flordia man who went missing after he left a nightclub in 1997.

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office told the BBC that Moldt is presumed to have lost control of the auto and driven into the pond.

Moldt's remains were identified, giving his family closure after a 22-year mystery.

"You can't determine what happened that many years ago, what transpired", police spokeswoman Therese Barbera said.

At the time of Moldt's disappearance, The Grand Isles housing estate was still under construction. "We said, 'About 9 years, ' and they said, 'Did you realize that there was a vehicle in the lake?'" Martin said, ABC 7 reported.

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