(CMR) A Palm Beach Country, Florida man missing for 22 years has been located thanks to a Google Earth image.
William Earl Moldt was last seen on November 7, 1997 after he went to a bar but never returned home. His girlfriend at the time told authorities they spoke on the phone and he indicated he would soon be home. Eyewitnesses later saw him leaving the bar alone and getting in his car. That was the last sighting on him until recently when his remains were found thanks to Google Earth.
Recently, a previous resident of a neighborhood in Wellington, Florida, was looking at the neighborhood on Google Earth when they noticed something in the water, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. In the images from Google Earth, you can see what appears to be a car in a retention pond that is flanked by homes.
The former resident, who was not identified by police, then contacted a current resident who lives adjacent from the submerged object.
“The current resident activated his personal drone and confirmed what the previous resident saw and immediately contacted PBSO,” police said.
The object spotted turned out to be a vehicle that “was heavily calcified,” and after removing it from the pond, police discovered skeletal remains inside. The remains were transported to the Medical Examiner's Office for processing, and on Tuesday, they were positively identified as Moldt.