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Google Maps helps solve 22-year mystery of man who vanished after night out

20-year mystery is finally solved when man went missing after night out

William Moldt went missing 22 years ago after calling his girlfriend to say he was on his way home

The remains of a missing man were found after 22 years thanks to someone who zoomed in on his former neighbourhood in Florida with Google satellite images and noticed a car submerged in a lake, authorities said.

The remains were of William Moldt, who went missing in 1997 at the age of 40, according to the Palm Beach County sheriffs office.

Sheriffs office spokeswoman Teri Barbera said on Thursday that a previous resident of the Grand Isles neighbourhood in Wellington, Florida, was checking the area on Google Earth when he zoomed into the lake and saw what looked like a car.

The former resident contacted a current homeowner, who used a drone to confirm it was a white car on the edge of the pond behind his house.

The man called the sheriffs office on August 28, and police later arrived to find the white cars exterior heavily calcified. After they got the car out, they found skeletal remains inside.

Police have finally located the remains of a Florida man who went missing more than two decades ago after someone spotted a submerged car on Google Maps. William Moldt was reported missing from Lantana, Florida, on Nov. 7, 1997. The Palm Beach Sheriff's Office recovered his skeleton from a pond near a housing project in Wellington, Florida, on Wednesday. Moldt's body was found still inside his car, which was submerged in the pond near the housing project. At the time of Moldt?s disappearance, the housing project was still under construction. After missing for years, Moldt's body was finally recovered, and his cold case concluded after a manager of the property saw his submerged car on Google. "Amazingly, a vehicle had plainly visible on a Google Earth satellite photo of the area since 2007, but apparently no one had noticed it until 2019, when a property surveyor saw the car while looking at Google Earth," Moldt's cold case listing in the Charley Project says.

A local resident spotted something unusual on Google Maps that led to the discovery of his body (Picture: Google Maps)

Police have finally located the remains of a Florida man who went missing more than two decades ago after someone spotted a submerged car on Google Maps. William Moldt was reported missing from Lantana, Florida, on Nov. 7, 1997. The Palm Beach Sheriff's Office recovered his skeleton from a pond near a housing project in Wellington, Florida, on Wednesday. Moldt's body was found still inside his car, which was submerged in the pond near the housing project. At the time of Moldt?s disappearance, the housing project was still under construction. After missing for years, Moldt's body was finally recovered, and his cold case concluded after a manager of the property saw his submerged car on Google. "Amazingly, a vehicle had plainly visible on a Google Earth satellite photo of the area since 2007, but apparently no one had noticed it until 2019, when a property surveyor saw the car while looking at Google Earth," Moldt's cold case listing in the Charley Project says.

When zoomed in it is possible to see the top of the car just below the surface of the water (Picture: Google Maps)

The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System says Mr Moldt went to a nightclub in November 1997 but did not appear intoxicated as he left alone before midnight.

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He had called his girlfriend from the club saying he would return to their home soon.

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

Barry Fay, whose home is near where the car was found, told The Palm Beach Post that he had never noticed anything from the shoreline.

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