Friday, 20 September, 2019

Google Earth leads to remains of missing Florida man in lake

Florida man Google Earth leads to remains of missing Florida man in lake
Deanna Wagner | 13 September, 2019, 02:44

An eagle-eyed resident of Lake Worth, Fla., made the fantastic 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.

"All we know is that he went missing off the face of the Earth, and now he's been discovered".

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office say Moldt was reported missing in November 1997 but that the case had gone cold.

"That previous resident contacted the current resident living on Moon Bay Circle and advised he noticed what appears to be a vehicle in a pond behind his home", according to the police statement.

PBSO said the current resident used his personal drone to fly over the pond and spotted the auto underwater.

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

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".

The medical examiner's office confirmed Moldt's identity on Tuesday.

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The subdivision was under construction when Mr Moldt went missing, but the pond was already there.

A property surveyor looking at Google Earth spotted the auto on August 28 this year.

The vehicle had been driven into a man-made lake on a housing estate, which was under construction at the time he vanished.

Moldt could have been found 10 years ago. He mostly kept to himself at the club in Lantana, Florida, and then left alone in his 1994 white Saturn SL around 11pm, according to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.

When the auto was pulled from the water, deputies saw skeletal remains inside.

Moldt had called his girlfriend at the time to tell her he was on his way home from the club but he never made it back, Newsweek reported.

Although he was not a frequent drinker, on that particular evening he had several drinks at the bar.