Published: Fri, September 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Google Earth Leads to Discovery of Man Missing Since 1997

Google Earth Leads to Discovery of Man Missing Since 1997

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 auto.

"All we know is that he went missing off the face of the Earth, and now he's been discovered".

The former resident contacted a current homeowner, who used a drone to confirm it was a white auto on the edge of the pond behind his house, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's office said.

"That previous resident contacted the current resident living on Moon Bay Circle and advised he noticed what appears to be a vehicle in a pond behind his home", according to the police statement.

That person called the current resident on Moon Bay Circle to tell him that there appeared to be a auto behind his home, deputies said in a Facebook post. One week later the remains were positively identified as belonging to Mr Moldt.

When they got there on August 28, deputies found a heavily calcified vehicle at the bottom of the pond that "was obviously in the water for a significant amount of time".

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The body William Moldt was finally recovered after more than 20 years after his vehicle he was spotted on Google Earth.

At the time of Moldt's disappearance, The Grand Isles housing estate was still under construction.

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

An image of the submerged vehicle is still available to view on Google Earth. The last time he was seen - leaving a nightclub on his way home - he reportedly was alone and did not appear intoxicated, according to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. He had called his girlfriend from the club saying he would return to their Lantana home soon.

"He also was not a frequent drinker but did have several drinks at the bar", the report said.

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