South Florida man missing for 22 years found dead in retention pond

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Cops were called after someone spotted a vehicle on Google Earth.

Local media report that a resident alerted police on August 28 after spotting the submerged vehicle behind his home on Moon Bay Circle in Wellington.

He was 40 years old at the time he went missing.

The housing complex surrounding the pond, the Grand Isles, was under construction when Moldt disappeared, according to the Charley Project and local news reports. They sent the remains and the vehicle to the Medical Examiner's Office, which was able to make a positive I.D. on Tuesday. Police confirmed his findings and said the vehicle was heavily calcified and appeared to have been under water for a very long time.

A submerged vehicle, with the skeletal remains of William Earl Moldt, was found after being spotted on Google Earth.

The sheriff's office spokeswoman Teri Barbera said on Thursday that a previous resident of the Grand Isles neighborhood in Wellington, Florida, was checking the neighborhood on Google Earth when he zoomed into the lake and saw what looked like a vehicle.

The Charley Project is a database that compiles information on cold cases across the United States.

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, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's office said.

An image of the submerged vehicle is still available to view on Google Earth.

Moldt left a night club on the evening of November 7, 1997 at about 11pm.

Mr Moldt called his girlfriend at about 21:30, telling her he would be home soon, but was never seen or heard from again.

"He also was not a frequent drinker but did have several drinks at the bar", the report said. He reportedly did not appear intoxicated and left alone in his vehicle. Of these bodies, around 1,000 of them are not officially identified until at least one year.

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