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Google Maps Helps Police Find Remains Of Man Missing For 20 Years

Google Maps Helps Police Find Remains Of Man Missing For 20 Years

Thanks to Google Maps, the skeletal remains of a man found in Florida have been revealed to be those of William Moldt, who had been missing for more than 20 years.

The mystery of where 40-year-old Moldt disappeared to on 8 November 1997 had left cops stumped, however, it was reportedly solved after someone spotted a sunken car in a pond on Google Maps and called in the police to investigate.

Cops were called after someone spotted a car on Google Earth. Credit: Google
Cops were called after someone spotted a car on Google Earth. Credit: Google

His remains were found inside the submerged vehicle last month in a pond in Wellington, near Palm Beach, after the manager of The Grand Isles housing development spotted them on Google Earth, Newsweek reports.

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The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office say Moldt was reported missing in November 1997, but that the disappearance had remained unsolved with no new clues.

Back in 1997 the area where he was found was a building site.

After being called out to the scene, cops determined the car had likely been there for a long time due to the condition it was in.

Upon hauling it out of the water, the remains were discovered and handed to the medical examiner's office to process them and get an identity.

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

William Moldt was reported missing in 1997. Credit: The Charley Project
William Moldt was reported missing in 1997. Credit: The Charley Project

A listing about the case reads: "Amazingly, the vehicle had been plainly visible on a Google Earth satellite image of the area since 2007, but apparently no one had noticed it until 2019, when a property surveyor saw the car while looking at Google Earth."

The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System states Moldt had left a nightclub on the evening of 7 November.

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

No further details surrounding the case have been released yet.

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Topics: Police, Google Maps, US News

Claire Reid

Claire is a journalist at LADbible who, after dossing around for a few years, went to Liverpool John Moores University. She graduated with a degree in Journalism and a whole load of debt. When not writing words in exchange for money she is usually at home watching serial killer documentaries surrounded by cats. You can contact Claire at [email protected]