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Florida man’s skeletal remains discovered after underwater vehicle spotted on Google Earth

13 September 2019

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

On Tuesday, the remains were positively identified as William Earl Moldt, who was reported missing on November 8, 1997.

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

Deputies quickly verified that there was a heavily-calcified auto in the pond, meaning the vehicle had likely been submerged for a very long time.

An image of the submerged vehicle is still available to view on Google Earth. The man had been missing for nearly 22 years, and the vehicle was near the water's edge - reportedly visible in Google Earth satellite imagery since 2007.

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Barbera says a previous resident of Wellington, Florida, was checking his former neighborhood on Google Earth when he saw what looked like a vehicle in the lake.

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.

It's unclear how Moldt's auto ended up inside the pond at the Grand Isles development, which was still under construction when he disappeared.

Moldt's remains were found August 28 after a former resident saw the vehicle in the pond, the sheriff's office said.

The medical examiner's office confirmed Moldt's identity on Tuesday. How Moldt's auto became submerged in the pond remains unclear.

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According to the Charley Project, which profiles unsolved missing people cases in the U.S., Grand Isles at Wellington was under construction at the time of Moldt's disappearance.

Although he was not a frequent drinker, on that particular evening he had several drinks at the bar.

He reportedly did not appear intoxicated at the time and left alone in his vehicle according to WPTV.

He had called his girlfriend at around 9: 30 p.m.to say he will be home soon, but she never heard from him again.

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Florida man’s skeletal remains discovered after underwater vehicle spotted on Google Earth