Body of man missing since 1997 found in submerged car discovered on Google Maps

The body of a man who has been missing since 1997 has been discovered with the help of Google Maps.

The body of William Moldt, a 40-year-old Florida man who was reported missing in November, 1997 has been found in a car submerged in a pond, thanks to Google Maps.

Body of man missing since 1997 found in submerged car discovered on Google Maps

According to BBC, He was reported missing after he failed to return home from a night out at a club when he was 40 years old. A missing person investigation was launched by police but the case went cold. On 28 August this year – 22 years on – police were called to reports of a car found in a pond in Moon Bay Circle, Wellington.

According to Gizmodo, Barry Fay, a 50-year-old resident of Wellington, Florida, called the police after a neighbour told him there was a car in the pond behind his house that could be seen from Google Maps. Fay didn’t believe his neighbour at first, but he enlisted a friend with a hobby drone to hover over the pond and see for himself. Sure enough, there was a car in there, and police officers came to pull out the white 1994 Saturn SL with Moldt’s skeleton inside.

One week later the remains were positively identified as belonging to Mr Moldt.

A report by the Charley Project, an online database of cold cases in the US, said the “vehicle had plainly [been] visible on a Google Earth satellite photo of the area since 2007, but apparently no-one had noticed it until 2019”

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

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