Google Maps shows sunken auto where missing man’s body was found

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The mystery of where 40-year-old Moldt disappeared to on 8 November 1997 had left cops stumped, however, it was reportedly solved after someone spotted a sunken vehicle in a pond on Google Earth and called in the police to investigate.

The skeletal remains were of William Moldt, who went missing in 1997 at the age of 40, according to the Palm Beach county sheriff's office.

According to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, more than 600,000 people go missing in the USA every year, with at least 4,400 unidentified bodies recovered each year.

Submerged in the corner of a retention pond in Wellington, Florida, rested a vehicle that was heavily calcified and clearly had been in the water for a long time.

How they came to be discovered occurred in a most weird manner after the manager of The Grand Isles housing development spotted the sunken vehicle on Google Earth and alerted the police.

William Earl Moldt's auto 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.

An eagle-eyed resident of Lake Worth, Fla., made the wonderful find on August 28, when he was looking at some satellite images of his neighborhood on the mapping program and noticed a vehicle submerged in a lake near his home, the Florida Sun Sentinel reported Thursday.

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His remains were found inside the submerged vehicle last month in a pond in Wellington, near Palm Beach, after the manager of The Grand Isles housing development spotted them on Google Earth, Newsweek reports.

That person called the current resident on Moon Bay Circle to tell him that there appeared to be a auto behind his home, deputies said in a Facebook post.

Grand Isles was under construction in 1997 when Mold disappeared, WPLG Local 10 reported.

It wasn't until Tuesday that the remains were positively identified as Moldt's.

Police dragged the vehicle from the pond only to discover the skeletal remains inside.

Although he was not a frequent drinker, on that particular evening he had several drinks at the bar. He had called his girlfriend from the club saying he would return to their Lantana home soon. He reportedly did not appear intoxicated and left alone in his vehicle.