Google Maps shows sunken vehicle where missing man’s body was found

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Google Earth leads to remains of missing Florida man in lake

William Moldt, was reported missing from Lantana, Florida, on 7 November 1997.

William Earl Moldt was reported missing on November 8, 1997, when he didn't return from a night out in Lantana, Fla.

Moldt, a 40-year-old mortgage broker, rarely drank, but he had made a decision to go out that evening in November 1997. Police confirmed his findings and said the vehicle was heavily calcified and appeared to have been under water for a very long time.

How they came to be discovered occurred in a most freaky manner after the manager of The Grand Isles housing development spotted the sunken vehicle on Google Earth and alerted the police.

When the vehicle was pulled from the water, skeletal remains were found inside.

According to deputies, a previous resident who had lived in the Grand Isles community in Wellington was searching around on Google Earth when he noticed what appeared to be a auto in a retainer pond behind a house.

They found him via technology that wasn't as developed back then: Google Earth and drones.

The housing complex surrounding the pond, the Grand Isles, was under construction when Moldt disappeared, according to the Charley Project and local news reports.

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

After the waterlogged vehicle was pulled from the pond, responding deputies discovered the skeletal remains inside.

The vehicle had been driven into a man-made lake on a housing estate, which was under construction at the time he vanished.

The vehicle and the remains were turned over to the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner's Office for processing. He did not appear to be intoxicated when he left, though he reportedly had several drinks at the bar.

He had called his girlfriend at around 9.30pm to tell her he would be home soon, but had not been heard from since.

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