The remains of a man who went missing two decades ago in Florida were found in a submerged car visible on Google Maps.
The man, William Moldt went missing from Lantana, Florida, on 7th November 1997. He failed to return home from a night out at a club when he was 40 years old. A missing person investigation was launched by police but the case went cold.
On 28th August this year, after 22 years police were called to reports of a car found in a pond in Moon Bay Circle, Wellington. When the vehicle was pulled from the water, skeletal remains were found inside. One week later the remains were positively identified as belonging to Mr Moldt.
Moldt’s sunken car was spotted by a previous resident of the area after “doing a Google search”. The resident then contacted a current resident of Moon Bay Circle to tell them what he had seen. Using his personal drone, the current resident confirmed there was a car in the pond and contacted police.
A report published by the Charley Project claimed that the “vehicle had plainly [been] visible on a Google Earth satellite photo of the area since 2007, but apparently no-one had noticed it until 2019”.
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office later said that Moldt is presumed to have lost control of his vehicle and driven into the pond. During the initial investigation 22 years ago, there was “no evidence of that occurring” until recently, when a shift in the water made the car visible.
“You can’t determine what happened that many years ago, what transpired. All we know is that he went missing off the face of the Earth, and now he’s been discovered,” Therese Barbera police spokeswoman said.
On the night of his disappearance Moldt called his girlfriend at about 21:30, telling her he would be home soon, but was never seen or heard from again.
Moldt’s family has been informed about the discovery of his remains.
Source : Various