Florida man accidentally discovers missing person using Google Earth

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Remains that were found in a Florida pond have been identified as William Moldt who went missing more than 20 years ago.

The mortgage broker had called his girlfriend shortly after 9.30pm to say he would be coming home soon.

"I called the former owner of my house and asked if she knew about this", Fay told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

When William Moldt, 40, failed to come home after going clubbing in 1997, he was reported missing.

The police launched a missing person investigation, but the case went cold, with no new evidence emerging to aid in locating Moldt.

A previous resident of the Grand Isles neighbourhood in Wellington, Florida, US, was checking the neighbourhood on Google Earth when he made the discovery, a police spokeswoman said on Thursday. Upon removing the vehicle skeleton remains were found inside.

On 28 August this year - 22 years on - police were called to reports of a auto found in a pond in Moon Bay Circle, Wellington.

According to the Charley Project, an online cold-case database, a submerged white vehicle was spotted in murky green water on August 28, 2019, in an aerial view of Moon Bay Circle in Wellington, Fla.

Sheriff's office spokeswoman Teri Barbera said on Thursday that the former resident contacted a current homeowner, who used a drone to confirm it was a white vehicle on the edge of the pond behind his house.

"The vehicle's exterior was heavily calcified and was obviously in the water for a significant amount of time".

The Lake Worth native had left the club alone that night and "was not a frequent drinker but did have several drinks at the bar", according to The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.

What appears to be a silver vehicle submerged in the pond can still be viewed on Google Maps.

"You can't determine what happened that many years ago, what transpired", police spokesperson Therese Barbera said. "We said, 'About 9 years, ' and they said, 'Did you realize that there was a auto in the lake?'" Martin said, ABC 7 reported.

The housing development where Moldt's remains were found was reportedly under construction at the time he went missing.

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