Google Earth finds a man lost for 22 years
William Earl Moldt went missing on Nov. 7, 1997, after he was expected to come home from a nightclub.
At 9:30 PM on Nov. 7, 1997 William Earl Moldt called his girlfriend and told her that he was leaving the nightclub and would be home soon. But he never made it home and was missing for 22 years. He used to drive a white Saturn SL sedan and was a resident of Lake Worth.
The 40-year-old Moldt was not a frequent drinker, but according to missing persons site NAMUS, he did have several drinks at the bar when he left the place to head home alone.
According to reports, an ex-resident of the area spotted the submerged sedan on Google Maps and informed the house's current owner Barry Fay that he had seen a car submerged in the murky pond (in a gated community) behind Fay's house in Wellington, Florida.
Fay was shocked and sceptical about the discovery and called one of neighbours who owned a drone to check the pond, as the car was not visible from the ground. The image taken from the drone showed a car submerged in the pond, confirming the images taken by satellites.
Google Earth is a computer program developed by Google. It takes images of the earth using satellites and renders it into a 3D representation.
The car was recovered on August 28 and the skeleton inside it was identified as that of Moldt's. It is unknown as to how the car ended up in the pond. Moldt would have been 62, if alive today. He was 6 feet tall, with brown eyes, and weighed 225 pounds.