The remains of a man who disappeared in Florida more than two decades ago have been found after his car was discovered on Google Maps, submerged in a pond. William Earl Moldt, 40, was reported missing on Nov. 7, 1997, after he failed to return home from a nightclub in Lantana, Florida.
Police launched a missing person investigation, but the case had grown cold until last month. On Aug. 28, a property surveyor looking at Google Earth spotted the car in a retention pond in a housing development in Wellington, Florida, according to the Charley Project, which profiles unsolved missing persons cases in the US.
"Amazingly, [the] vehicle had been plainly visible on a Google Earth satellite photo of the area since 2007, but apparently no one had noticed it until 2019," the Charley Project said in a statement.
Responding deputies from the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department found the heavily calcified vehicle not far from the shore and determined it had been in the water for a long time, a department spokeswoman told ABC 10. Skeletal remains pulled from the car were identified by a coroner as Moldt.
The housing development where the pond is located was under construction at the time of Moldt's disappearance.