Cold case breakthrough: Google Maps finds U.S. man missing for two decades

13 Septembre, 2019, 22:46 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • William Moldt went missing in Florida in 1997

It took more than two decades, but a missing man's remains have been found after a submerged auto was spotted on Google Earth.

Moldt reportedly called his girlfriend the night he went missing to say he would be home soon.

These crashes occur most often during clear days on dry, rural roads, a South Florida Sun-Sentinel analysis shows.

The then-40-year-0ld had been missing since 7 November 1997 after failing to return home from a night out at a club.

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

The remains of William Moldt were found in his auto which was found submerged in a pond in Wellington, Florida, which was visible on Google Maps, according to the BBC.

Inside, were skeletal remains identified Tuesday as William Earl Moldt.

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

Cold case breakthrough: Google Maps finds U.S. man missing for two decades

The case appeared to go cold and was taken on by the Charley Project, an initiative which keeps details of missing people after they stop receiving press attention.

Moldt's body was found still inside his vehicle, which had been submerged in the pond near the housing project. Upon zooming to it, he became sure of it and contacted a current homeowner, who used a drone to confirm it was a white auto on the edge of the pond behind his house.

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office told the BBC that it is believed Moldt lost control of his vehicle before driving it into the pond.

The Saturn and the skeletal remains were towed to the Palm Beach County medical examiner's office for processing.

The missing man's auto was spotted on Google Maps submerged in a retention pond, in Wellington, Florida.

If investigators can use the data to identify a specific device they think may belong to a suspect or witness, Google will reveal their name, email and other info, according to the report.

"All we know is that he went missing off the face of the Earth, and now he's been discovered".

Investigators found the remains of William Earl Moldt inside a vehicle submerged in a lake 22 years after he went missing.

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