Google Earth Spots Car In Pond With Body Of Person Missing Since 1997 Inside
The body of a man who had been missing since 1997 was found when his submerged car was spotted on Google Earth.
The discovery was made when a resident of Lake Worth, Florida, was looking through satellite images of his neighbourhood online, and noticed the outline of a car submerged in a lake near his home.
The car was not visible at ground level, but was clear to see on the satellite and drone imagery, and turned out to be a 1994 Saturn SL.
In a statement, Palm Beach County Sheriffs Office said, via NY Post:
Upon arrival deputies confirmed there was a vehicle in the pond. The vehicles exterior was heavily calcified and was obviously in the water for a significant amount of time. Upon removing the vehicle skeleton remains were found inside.
As authorities investigated the submerged car, the remains were taken to the Medical Examiners Office for processing, where they were later identified to be those of William Moldt, who was first reported missing on November 8, 1997.
Moldt was 40 years old at the time he went missing, WPTV reports.
According to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, Moldt left a nightclub around 11pm on the evening of November 7, 1997, and left alone in his vehicle.
Moldt was reportedly not a frequent drinker at the bar, and had several drinks before he left, though did not appear intoxicated. He had phoned his girlfriend at around 9.30pm to say he would be home soon. That was the last contact the pair had.
Though the houses in the area were under construction at the time, the pond in which Moldts car was found was already there. Authorities are still trying to determine how the 40-year-olds car ended up in the water.
Barry Fay, who reported the car to authorities, told the Palm Beach Post he had never seen it from the shoreline.