Google Earth Image Leads To 22-Year Missing Persons Case Being Solved

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Who would’ve thought a simple Google search could end up solving a missing persons case of 22 years?

A former resident of Moon Bay in Wellington, Florida did not expect to be the one to solve this mystery when he ran a Google search on 28 August 2019.

The BBC reported that the man looked up his old neighborhood on Google and noticed something odd. He saw a car appearing to be submerged in a lake in one of the Google Earth satellite images.

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When authorities took over the matter, they found skeletal remains of William Moldt, a Florida man who went missing in 1997 at the age of 40, inside the vehicle.

The man who spotted the vehicle in the image contacted the current owner of the home, who then used his personal drone to confirm the sighting of the white car on the edge of the pond behind his house. He subsequently informed the sheriff’s office who dispatched deputies to the spot.

They found the white sedan’s exterior to be “heavily calcified” with Mr Moldt’s remains inside.

Charley Project, an online database of cold cases in the US, reported that the “vehicle had plainly (been) visible on a Google Earth satellite photo of the area since 2007, but apparently no one had noticed it until 2019.”

It has been discovered through the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System that Mr Moldt went to a nightclub in November 1997 and did not appear intoxicated when he left alone before midnight.

Later that night, he informed his girlfriend from the club saying that he would soon return to their home in Lantana, Florida.

At the time of Mr Moldt’s disappearance, the subdivision was under construction but the pond was still there.

Palm Beach County’s sheriff office told the BBC that Mr Moldt could have lost control of his vehicle and driven into the pond.

Barry Fay was the man who found the car, and he told The Palm Beach Post that he did not notice anything from the shoreline.

Mr Fay mentioned to the newspaper, “Never did I believe there would be a 22-year-old dead body.”

Since the discovery, Mr Moldt’s family has been notified about his remains.

Google Earth and a personal drone uncovered the remains of a missing person since 1997.

— PBSO (@PBCountySheriff) September 12, 2019

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