Body Found After 21 Years, Incredible Images From Google Earth Led to the Discovery

A missing persons’ case was solved last month, thanks to Google Earth.

A Florida man who had been missing for 22 years has been found, submerged in a sunken car on the edge of a lake. The car was spotted by a hobbyist while perusing Google Earth.

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William Earl Moldt, 40, disappeared in Wellington sometime after 11 p.m. on Nov. 7, 1997. The last time he was seen — leaving a nightclub on his way home — he reportedly was alone and did not appear intoxicated, according to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.

Nearly 22 years later, the mystery of Moldt’s disappearance remained unsolved — until last month. That’s when Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the Grand Isles development after a resident found a submerged vehicle in a retention pond, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

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

“The vehicle’s exterior was heavily calcified and was obviously in the water for a significant amount of time,” the sheriff’s office said, according to the newspaper.

The satellite image shows a car resting on its side near the ledge of the pond behind a row of residences near the 3700 block of Moon Bay Circle. According to the Sun-Sentinel, the area was under construction when Moldt disappeared.