The remains of a Florida man missing for more than two decades were discovered in a sunken car — thanks to Google Earth.
An eagle-eyed resident of Lake Worth, Fla., made the amazing find on Aug. 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.
The car, which was not visible from the ground level but was obvious in the image from space, turned out to be a 1994 Saturn SL, cops said.
“The vehicle’s exterior was heavily calcified and was obviously in the water for a significant amount of time,” the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
Inside were skeletal remains identified Tuesday as William Earl Moldt.
Moldt, 40, was last heard from the night of Nov. 7, 1997, when he called his girlfriend to say he was leaving a nightclub and would be home soon.
It’s unclear how Moldt’s car ended up inside the pond at the Grand Isles development, which was still under construction when he disappeared.
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.
His vehicle had been “plainly visible” on a Google Earth photo of the area since 2007, according to the Charley Project, which keeps an online list of missing people.
Source: NY Post