Remains Of Man Missing For 20 Years 'Found On Google Earth'

Remains Of Man Missing For 20 Years 'Found On Google Earth'

The skeletal remains of a Florida man missing for more than 20 years were uncovered last month when an eagle-eyed hobbyist spotted a vehicle submerged in a pond - thanks to Google Earth.

The body has now been confirmed to be William Earl Moldt, who was reported missing on 8 November, 1997, after he failed to return from a night out in Lantana, Florida, when he was 40 years old.

On Aug. 28, a property surveyor looking at Google Earth spotted the vehicle in a retention pond in a housing development in Wellington, Florida, according to the Charley Project, which profiles unsolved missing people cases in the US.

The former resident contacted a current homeowner, who used a drone to confirm it was a white vehicle on the edge of the pond behind his house.

When the vehicle was pulled, skeletal remains were discovered inside.

According to The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, Moldt had gone to the Adult Night Club on the evening of November 7, 1997, and left around 11 p.m.

After being called out to the scene, cops determined the auto had likely been there for a long time due to the condition it was in.

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They found him via technology that wasn't as developed back then: Google Earth and drones.

Investigators towed the vehicle and the remains to the county medical examiner's office for processing, the sheriff's office said.

Barbera said the medical examiner's office positively identified the remains.

The subdivision was under construction when Moldt went missing, but the pond was already there.

"You can't determine what happened that many years ago, what transpired", police spokeswoman Therese Barbera said. He reportedly did not appear intoxicated and left the club alone in his vehicle.

He had called his girlfriend at around 9.30pm to tell her he would be home soon, but had not been heard from since.

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

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