Google Earth helps solve mystery of man missing since 1997 in Florida

A property surveyor looking at Google Earth spotted the car on August 28 this year

The remains of a man who went missing 22 years ago in Lantana, Florida have finally been found thanks to satellite images on Google Earth, the BBC reports.

The mortgage broker had called his girlfriend shortly after 9.30pm to say he would be coming home soon.

Barry Fay, whose house the auto was behind, told the Sun Sentinel that his neighbour's ex-husband saw the submerged vehicle on Google Earth.

William Earl Moldt, 40, was reported missing on November 7, 1997, after he failed to return home from a nightclub in Lantana, Florida.

An eagle-eyed resident of Lake Worth, Fla., made the incredible find on August 28, when he was looking at some satellite images of his neighborhood on the mapping program and noticed a vehicle submerged in a lake near his home, the Florida Sun Sentinel reported Thursday.

According to the missing persons site NAMUS, Moldt did not appear intoxicated when he left the adult nightclub in his vehicle alone.

Moldt's body was found still inside his auto, which had been submerged in the pond near the housing project.

According to The Charley Project - an online database that collects information on U.S. cold cases - it was possible to see the auto on Google for more than a decade.

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The former resident contacted a current resident who then sent his personal drone to fly over the pond and confirmed the finding, alerting the police.

After they got the vehicle out, they found the skeletal remains of Mr Moldt inside.

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.

"The vehicle's exterior was heavily calcified and was obviously in the water for a significant amount of time", the Sheriff's Office told the Sun Sentinel.

In the images from Google Earth, you can see what appears to be a auto in a retention pond that is flanked by homes.

If investigators can use the data to identify a specific device they think may belong to a suspect or witness, Google will reveal their name, email and other info, according to the report.

"You can't determine what happened that many years ago, what transpired", police spokeswoman Barbera said.

Mr Moldt's family has been informed about the discovery of his remains.

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