Tuesday, 17 September, 2019

Google Earth leads to remains of missing Florida man

The body of a man who went missing in 1997 was recovered from a retention pond in Wellington last month The body of a man who went missing in 1997 was recovered from a retention pond in Wellington last month
Patty Aguilar | 13 September, 2019, 01:45

The man had been missing for nearly 22 years, and the vehicle was near the water's edge - reportedly visible in Google Earth satellite imagery since 2007.

When officers arrived at the scene, they confirmed a auto was in the pond.

The exterior of the vehicle was heavily calcified and had apparently been submerged for a very long time.

When the vehicle was pulled, skeletal remains were discovered inside.

A submerged vehicle, with the skeletal remains of William Earl Moldt, was found after being spotted on Google Earth.

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

The body has now been confirmed to be William Earl Moldt, who was reported missing on 8 November, 1997, after he failed to return from a night out in Lantana, Florida, when he was 40 years old.

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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.

According to the Charley Project, which profiles unsolved missing people cases in the U.S., Grand Isles at Wellington was under construction at the time of Moldt's disappearance.

According to an update posted to The Charley Project, an online repository of missing-persons cases, Moldt's sunken vehicle had been plainly visible on Google Earth since 2007.

Then someone looked closely at a Google Earth satellite photo.

Moldt had called his girlfriend from the bar at around 9:30pm to say he would be home soon.

Although he was not a frequent drinker, on that particular evening he had several drinks at the bar.

Moldt reportedly did not appear intoxicated that night and left alone in his auto.

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