Remains of man missing for 22 years found using Google Earth

Car containing William Moldt is discovered in Florida neighbourhood lake

A submerged car held the remains of William Moldt in the Grand Isles neighbourhood in Wellington, Florida. Image: Google

A submerged car held the remains of William Moldt in the Grand Isles neighbourhood in Wellington, Florida. Image: Google

 

The remains of a missing man were found after 22 years thanks to someone who zoomed in on his former neighbourhood in Florida with Google satellite images and noticed a car submerged in a lake.

The remains were of William Moldt, who went missing in 1997 at the age of 40, according to the Palm Beach County sheriff’s office.

Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Teri Barbera said on Thursday that a previous resident of the Grand Isles neighbourhood in Wellington, Florida, was checking the area on Google Earth when he zoomed into the lake 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.

Image: Google Earth

The man called the sheriff’s office on August 28th, and police later arrived to find the white car’s exterior “heavily calcified.” After they got the car out, they found skeletal remains inside.

The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System says Mr Moldt 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 return to their home soon.

The estate was being built when Mr Moldt went missing, but the pond was already there.

Barry Fay, whose home is near where the car was found, told the Palm Beach Post that he had never noticed anything from the shoreline. – PA