Skeletal remains of man missing almost 22 years found in submerged auto

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When William Moldt, 40, failed to come home after going clubbing in 1997, he was reported missing.

An image of the submerged vehicle is still available to view on Google Earth.

It took 22 years, but a missing man's remains were finally found thanks to someone who zoomed in on his former Florida neighborhood with Google satellite images and noticed a auto submerged in a lake, authorities said.

He mostly kept to himself at the club in Lantana, Florida, and then left alone in his 1994 white Saturn SL around 11pm, according to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. There was a auto in that pond.

A previous resident of the neighbourhood of Grand Isles in Wellington, Florida, about 30 kilometres west of Lantana, was looking at the area on Google Earth when he zoomed into a pond and saw what looked like a vehicle.

The police received a report of a vehicle submerged in a pond on Moon Bay Circle, Wellington, Florida.

Moldt, a 40-year-old mortgage broker, rarely drank, but he had made a decision to go out that evening in November 1997.

The resident of the home then used his drone to confirm the vehicle was in fact in the pond and then called the PBSO to the scene on August 28.

Credit Google Earth
Credit Google Earth

After the vehicle was pulled from the lake, officials found remains inside that were identified as Moldt, according to the Charley Project.

Upon hauling it out the water, the remains were discovered and handed to the medical examiner's office to process them and get an identity.

Fay didn't believe it, the Sun Sentinel reported, but he asked a neighbour who operates a drone to double check.

Days later, the remains tested positively as having belonged to Moldt.

"The vehicle's exterior was heavily calcified and was obviously in the water for a significant amount of time", the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

The Grand Isles housing project, where Moldt's auto was found by the property surveyor, had been under construction at the time of his disappearance.

"You can't determine what happened that many years ago, what transpired", police spokeswoman Therese Barbera told the BBC.

"He also was not a frequent drinker but did have several drinks at the bar", the report reads.

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