Published: Fri, September 13, 2019

Google Earth solves missing persons case - after 22 years

Google Earth solves missing persons case - after 22 years

The remains of William Moldt were found in his vehicle which was found submerged in a pond in Wellington, Florida, which was visible on Google Maps, according to the BBC. Palm Beach Sheriff's deputies found Moldt's remains inside the auto after someone reported they had seen the vehicle via Google Earth.

"The vehicle's exterior was heavily calcified and was obviously in the water for a significant amount of time", the Sheriff's Office said.

Barry Fay, whose house the auto was behind, told the Sun Sentinel that his neighbour's ex-husband saw the submerged vehicle on Google Earth.

Moldt, a 40-year-old mortgage broker, rarely drank, but he had chose to go out that evening in November 1997.

William Earl Moldt left a South Florida nightclub on November 8, 1997.

A missing person investigation was launched by police at the time, to no avail.

Barry Fay couldn't believe what a neighbor was telling him: Google Earth showed a auto rotting at the bottom of a pond behind his home. A coroner has now confirmed that they belonged to Mr Moldt.


"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.

The force said that, during the initial investigation into his disappearance, there was "no evidence of that occurring" until recently, when a shift in the water made the auto visible.

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

William Earl Moldt's vehicle is seen at the top of this Grand Isles community retention pond in Wellington 22 years after it plunged to the bottom in November 1997. That evening, he called his girlfriend from a bar to tell her he would be home soon, according to CNN affiliate WPTV.

The Lake Worth native had left the club alone that night and "was not a frequent drinker but did have several drinks at the bar", according to The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.

At least that may lead to some form of closure for his family.

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