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Florida man’s skeletal remains discovered after underwater vehicle spotted on Google Earth

Florida man’s skeletal remains discovered after underwater vehicle spotted on Google Earth

An eagle-eyed resident of Lake Worth, Fla., made the awesome find on August 28, when he was looking at some satellite images of his neighborhood on the mapping program and noticed a vehicle submerged in a lake near his home, the Florida Sun Sentinel reported Thursday.

On Tuesday, the remains were positively identified as William Earl Moldt, who was reported missing on November 8, 1997.

The former resident contacted a current homeowner, who used a drone to confirm it was a white auto on the edge of the pond behind his house.

It wasn't until Tuesday that the remains were positively identified as Moldt's.

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office told the BBC that Moldt is presumed to have lost control of the auto and driven into the pond.

So the resident activated his personal drone and confirmed what the other man had seen.

Police discovered skeletal remains after pulling the auto out of the water, noting the vehicle's exterior was "heavily calcified and was obviously in the water for a significant amount of time".

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"Amazingly, [the] vehicle had been plainly visible on a Google Earth satellite photo of the area since 2007, but apparently no one had noticed it until 2019", the Charley Project said in a statement.

The Grand Isles housing project, where Moldt's vehicle was found by the property surveyor, had been under construction at the time of his disappearance.

"You can't determine what happened that many years ago, what transpired", police spokeswoman Therese Barbera said.

Ms Barbera said it was a neighbour who reported the sunken auto and was not aware of reports that Google Maps had been used.

He reportedly did not appear intoxicated at the time and left alone in his vehicle according to WPTV.

Police dragged the vehicle from the pond only to discover the skeletal remains inside.

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


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