Body of man found after missing for 22 years, through Google Maps

Evarado Alatorre
Setiembre 13, 2019

The man was identified as William Moldt, who was reported missing in 1997, 40-year-old then, as revealed by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office to ABC News.

Barry Fay couldn't believe what a neighbor was telling him: Google Earth showed a vehicle rotting at the bottom of a pond behind his home.

His family finally have closure now, after a local property surveyor from the Florida town, browsing Google Maps satellite images of his neighborhood, spotted a auto partially submerged in a pond behind a nearby house. Finally, on August 28, deputies got the call from Fay and lifted the auto from the pond in the gated, single-family Grand Isles development in Wellington, where Fay had moved 14 months before from Sunrise.

A previous resident of the Grand Isles neighbourhood in Wellington, Florida, US, was checking the neighbourhood on Google Earth when he made the discovery, a police spokeswoman said on Thursday.

"Amazingly, a 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", according to the report.

The former resident contacted a current homeowner, who used a drone to confirm it was a white vehicle on the edge of the pond behind his house, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's office said.

When they pulled it out they found skeletal remains inside.

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Moldt, 40, was reported missing November 8, 1997.

Someone who lives in the neighborhood used a personal drone to take a closer look. The vehicle and the remains were towed to the Medical Examiner's Office for processing.

"I called the former owner of my house and asked if she knew about this", Fay said.

According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, it's believed that he lost control of the vehicle.

Moldt's remains were identified, giving his family closure after a 22-year mystery. He did not appear to be intoxicated when he left, though he reportedly had several drinks at the bar.

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.

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