Body of man found after missing for 22 years, through Google Maps


Most people use Google Earth for directions - not to solve the 20-year-old mystery of a Florida man who didn't come home one night.

Moldt had called his girlfriend at the time to tell her he was on his way home from the club but he never made it back, Newsweek reported. The man had been missing for nearly 22 years, and the vehicle was near the water's edge - reportedly visible in Google Earth satellite imagery since 2007.

The remains of William Moldt, who was reported missing on November 8, 1997, were discovered after the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office (PBSO) pulled a submerged vehicle from a pond in the Wellington, Fla., area in August.

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

According to a US database which profiles unsolved missing people cases, Moldt's auto was visible on a Google Earth satellite photo of the area since 2007.

Moldt reportedly did not appear intoxicated that night and left alone in his vehicle.

Fay, having used a drone to fly over the pond and confirm the sighting, reported it to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office on August 28, the Sun Sentinal reports.

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According to The Charley Project - an online database that collects information on USA cold cases - it was possible to see the vehicle on Google for more than a decade. There was a vehicle in that pond.

The former resident, who was not identified by police, then contacted a current resident that lives adjacent from the submerged object.

The 50-year-old Wellington man called the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, which found the remains of William Earl Moldt, a Lake Worth resident last seen in 1997.

A missing mans remains were finally found after a Google Earth user noticed a auto submerged in a lake.

The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System said Mr Moldt, a mortgage broker, went to a nightclub in November 1997, but did not appear intoxicated as he left alone before midnight.

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

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