William Moldt went missing from his hometown of Lantana, Florida, on 7 November 1997. He failed to return home one night from the local club.
A police investigation was launched but he was never found. Now, police may have found his body thanks to Google.
On Aug 28 this year, a previous resident of the neighbourhood was making a search online regarding the Moon Bay Circle area, and could spot something in the massive pond there. He called a current resident to tell him about it, who used his drone to check it out. It turns out there was indeed something in the pond, an old sunken car. So he called the police.
When authorities fished out the car, it turned out to belong to then 40-year-old Moldt. And 22 years later, they had his skeletal remains in the front seat.
According to the police report, 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". Police believe Moldt lost control of the car while driving home and crashed into the pond, where he drowned.
Prior to this of course they found no evidence of that having happened. It was only thanks to the satellite photo that they spotted him. "You can't determine what happened that many years ago, what transpired," police spokeswoman Therese Barbera said. "All we know is that he went missing off the face of the Earth, and now he's been discovered."
It's at least some closure for Moldt's old girlfriend, who was the last to speak to him the night he disappeared. His family has also been informed of the discovery of his remains.
SOURCE : TIMETOACT