| 13.09,19. 10:31 AM |
Google Earth leads to discovery of William Moldt's remains, 22 years after he went missing
Photo: A previous resident of the Florida neighbourhood spotted the submerged car on Google Earth. (Google Earth)
It took more than two decades, but a missing man's remains have been found after a submerged car was spotted on Google Earth.
William Moldt was reported missing in 1997 at the age of 40, after failing to return home from a night out in Lantana, Florida in the United States.
A search was launched, but the case went cold — until last month.
A previous resident of the neighbourhood of Grand Isles in Wellington, Florida, about 30 kilometres west of Lantana, was looking at the area on Google Earth when he zoomed into a pond and saw what looked like a car.
The former resident contacted a current homeowner, who used a drone to confirm it was a white car on the edge of the pond behind his house, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's office said.
The man called the Sheriff's office on August 28, and deputies later arrived to find the white sedan's exterior "heavily calcified".
After they got the car out, they found the skeletal remains of Mr Moldt inside.
Barry Fay, whose property backs onto the pond, told The Palm Beach Post he had never noticed anything from the shoreline.
"Never did I believe there would be a 22-year-old dead body," Mr Fay said.
The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System said Mr Moldt, a mortgage broker, went to a nightclub in November 1997, but did not appear intoxicated as he left alone before midnight.
He had called his girlfriend from the club saying he would soon return to their Lantana home.
The subdivision was under construction when Mr Moldt went missing, but the pond was already there.