Saturday 21 September 2019

Missing man's watery grave spotted on Google Earth

Remains found inside car after 22 years in lake

Revealed: William Moldt was found although his car had been visible on satellite images since 2007. photo: google earth
Revealed: William Moldt was found although his car had been visible on satellite images since 2007. photo: google earth
The car
William Moldt

Dean Gray

The remains of a missing man were found after 22 years thanks to someone who zoomed in on his former neighbourhood in Florida with Google satellite images and noticed a car submerged in a lake.

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

Spokeswoman Teri Barbera said a previous resident of the Grand Isles neighbourhood in Wellington, Florida, was checking the area on Google Earth when he zoomed into the lake and saw what looked like a car.

He contacted a current homeowner, who used a drone to confirm it was a white car on the edge of the pond behind his house.

The man called the sheriff's office on August 28, and police later arrived to find the white car's exterior "heavily calcified". After they got the car out, they found skeletal remains inside.

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

The missing persons case had long been abandoned by police. The car, a white 1994 Saturn SL, had been visible on Google Earth satellite images since 2007, but was only spotted 12 years later.

Mr Moldt was a quiet man and did not socialise much at the club. "He also was not a frequent drinker but did have several drinks at the bar," the spokeswoman said.

He had called his girlfriend from the club saying he would return to their home soon.

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

Barry Fay, whose home is near where the car was found, told 'The Palm Beach Post' he had never noticed anything from the shoreline.

Irish Independent

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