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William Moldt was reported missing from Lantana, Florida, on 7 November 1997. Thanks to Google Maps, his remains have been found.

He failed to return home from a night out at a club when he was 40 years old.

A missing person investigation was launched by police but the case went cold.

On 28 August this year – 22 years on – police were called to reports of a car found in a pond in Moon Bay Circle, Wellington.

Mr. Moldt’s sunken car was spotted by a previous resident of the area after “doing a Google search”, police said.

When the vehicle was pulled from the water, skeletal remains were found inside. One week later the remains were positively identified as belonging to Mr. Moldt.

Mr. Moldt’s sunken car was spotted by a previous resident of the area after “doing a Google search”, police said.

A report by the Charley Project, an online database of cold cases in the US, said 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”.

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office told the BBC that William Moldt is presumed to have lost control of his vehicle and driven into the pond.

The force said that, during the initial investigation into his disappearance, there was “no evidence of that occurring” until recently, when a shift in the water made the car visible.

“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.”

Source: BBC

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