Technology has benefited man in innumerable ways. But, this time it was remarkable how Google Earth images led to the remains of a missing Florida man inside a lake.
Remains of a man, who had gone missing 22 years ago, were finally found after one of his former Florida neighbors zoomed in on the lake in Google Satellite Images where he noticed a car swamped into it, authorities revealed.
The man was identified as William Moldt, who was reported missing in 1997, 40-year-old then, as revealed by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office to ABC News.
On Thursday, Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Teri Barbera said that a former resident of the Grand Isles neighborhood in Wellington, Florida was left awestruck to find a white substance which looked like a car while he was checking the neighborhood on Google Earth. Upon zooming to it, he became sure of it and contacted a current homeowner, who used a drone to confirm it was a white car on the edge of the pond behind his house.
According to the cops, the car was not visible from the ground level but could be typically spotted in the image from space.
The man then called the sheriff’s office on Aug. 28 and officials arrived to retrieve a fossilized white sedan car with the man’s skeletal remains inside it. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement to New York Post, “The vehicle’s exterior was heavily calcified and was obviously in the water for a significant amount of time.”
According to national Missing and Unidentified Persons System, Moldt went to a nightclub in November 1997 but didn’t appear sloshed as he left alone before midnight. He had also called his girlfriend to inform her he would return to their Lantana home soon.
At the time of Moldt’s disappearance, the subdivision was under construction with the pond already there. Barry Fay, the current homeowner near whose house the car was found, told the Palm Beach Post that anything from the shoreline had ever fallen in his sight.
Fay told to the media, “Never did I believe there would be a 22-year-old dead body.”