Cold case breakthrough: Google Maps finds United States man missing for two decades

IMAGES VIA GOOGLE MAPS

IMAGES VIA GOOGLE MAPS

William Earl Moldt, 40, was reported missing on November 7, 1997, after he failed to return home from a nightclub in Lantana, Florida.

Barry Fay couldn't believe what a neighbor was telling him: Google Earth showed a vehicle rotting at the bottom of a pond behind his home.

A cold case from two decades ago has been solved after a Florida resident spotted a submerged vehicle in a pond while doing a search on Google Earth.

Reports from the time, say he did not seem to be intoxicated and left around 90 minutes later. There was a vehicle in that pond.

According to deputies, a previous resident who had lived in the Grand Isles community in Wellington was searching around on Google Earth when he noticed what appeared to be a auto in a retainer pond behind a house.

That person called the current resident on Moon Bay Circle to tell him that there appeared to be a auto behind his home, deputies said in a Facebook post. But that changed last month-thanks to Google Earth, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

The former resident contacted a current resident who then sent his personal drone to fly over the pond and confirmed the finding, alerting the police.

Fay was skeptical, so he called a neighbor who operates a drone.

He was 40 when he went missing. The neighbour asked Fay whether he knew about it.

Responding deputies from the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department found the heavily calcified vehicle not far from the shore and determined it had been in the water for a long time, a department spokeswoman told ABC 10.

The remains were identified after being processed by the Medical Examiner's Office, police added.

Moldt's remains were identified, giving his family closure after a 22-year mystery.

"You can't determine what happened that many years ago, what transpired", police spokesperson Therese Barbera said. While he was apparently not a frequent drinker, he did have several drinks in the club on the night of his disappearance.

It's unclear how Moldt's auto ended up inside the pond at the Grand Isles development, which was still under construction when he disappeared.

Notícias recomendadas

  • Meghan Markle Friend Misha Nonoo Opens Up About Duchess

    Meghan Markle Friend Misha Nonoo Opens Up About Duchess

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will soon be boarding on their first official royal tour as a family along with their son Archie . For every item bought, one will be donated to the charity which Meghan became the patron of earlier this year.
    'Lovers of Modena' skeletons holding hands were both men

    'Lovers of Modena' skeletons holding hands were both men

    The details of the study were published Wednesday in Scientific Reports , an academic journal published by the Nature Group . But in every case, current research suggests that the couples are male and female.
    U.S., China grant trade concessions as fresh talks loom

    U.S., China grant trade concessions as fresh talks loom

    Earlier on Thursday Beijing said Chinese companies were inquiring about prices of agricultural goods. He said he would rather have a comprehensive deal but would consider an interim one.
  • Water found on 'super-Earth' planet

    Water found on 'super-Earth' planet

    First author Dr Angelos Tsiaras said: " Finding water in a potentially habitable world other than Earth is incredibly exciting ". Their research was published on arXiv which found compelling evidence of the existence of water vapour on the planet.
    First detailed NASA images of Ultima Thule reveal 'snowman' shape

    First detailed NASA images of Ultima Thule reveal 'snowman' shape

    The photographs of Ultima Thule , captured by the New Horizons spacecraft, were revealed at a press conference on Wednesday. The celestial body was nicknamed Ultima Thule before scientists could say for sure whether it was one object or two.
    Google Doodle Celebrates 166th Birthday Of Hans Christian Gram

    Google Doodle Celebrates 166th Birthday Of Hans Christian Gram

    Gram was drawn to natural science early in life, earning a B.A.at the Copenhagen Metropolitan School in Copenhagen, Denmark. Gram was the son of a professor of jurisprudence Frederik Terkel Julius Gram and mom Louise Christiane Roulund.
  • Justify Tested Positive For Scopolamine After Santa Anita Derby, CHRB Dismissed Case

    Justify Tested Positive For Scopolamine After Santa Anita Derby, CHRB Dismissed Case

    In winning the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes in New York, Justify became the 13th horse to win the famed Triple Crown . The CHRB later changed the penalty for a scopolamine violation to the lesser penalty of a fine and possible suspension.
    GM Recalls 3.5 Million US Vehicles for Braking Issue

    GM Recalls 3.5 Million US Vehicles for Braking Issue

    The recall comes after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating in November of past year . Starting September 6, unlucky vehicle owners are being notified if their truck or SUV is part of the recall.
    Chinese probe lands on the far side of the moon

    Chinese probe lands on the far side of the moon

    The touchdown marks the first soft landing on any part of the moon since the Soviet Luna 24 sample-return mission in 1976. Its space program suffered a rare setback past year with the failed launch of its Long March 5 rocket.
  • Beto O'Rourke Accuses Lawmaker of Death Threat With AR-15 Tweet

    Beto O'Rourke Accuses Lawmaker of Death Threat With AR-15 Tweet

    Asked if he had just threatened to shoot a presidential candidate and former member of Congress, he replied , "You're an idiot". But it escalated an already tense atmosphere in Texas over guns after two mass shootings in August left 29 people dead.
    Government Plans to Ban Flavors Used in E-Cigarettes

    Government Plans to Ban Flavors Used in E-Cigarettes

    Federal health officials have called the trend an " epidemic ", and they fear teenagers who vape will eventually start smoking. The devices, available in the United States since 2006, work instead by heating a liquid that turns into vapor and is inhaled .
    Trump administration backs dirtier water; Arkansas Republicans will cheer

    Trump administration backs dirtier water; Arkansas Republicans will cheer

    The executive order followed the legal view of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, which was not adopted by the Supreme Court.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.