A South Florida man missing for 22 years has been found dead in a retention pond. Deputies were called out to Palm Beach County retention pond August 28 on a report of a submerged auto; inside the vehicle were skeletal remains that, the sheriff's office says, were identified as Moldt on Tuesday.
Police say a resident saw what has now been confirmed to be Moldt's auto on a Google Earth satellite photo and took action immediately.
That person called the current resident on Moon Bay Circle to tell him that there appeared to be a vehicle behind his home, deputies said in a Facebook post. After they got the auto out, they found the skeletal remains inside.
Deputies quickly verified that there was a heavily-calcified vehicle in the pond, meaning the auto had likely been submerged for a very long time.More news: What will be iPhone 11 price in Pakistan?
Cops were called after someone spotted a vehicle on Google Earth.
Investigators towed the auto and the remains to the county medical examiner's office for processing, the sheriff's office said.
William Earl Moldt left a South Florida nightclub on November 8, 1997.
The man had been missing for nearly 22 years, and the vehicle was near the water's edge - reportedly visible in Google Earth satellite imagery since 2007.More news: Trump commemorates 9/11 attacks at Pentagon ceremony
On Tuesday, the remains were positively identified as William Earl Moldt, who was reported missing on November 8, 1997.
The Palm Beach Sheriff's Office did not give any details on Moldt's family.
The subdivision was under construction when Mr Moldt went missing, but the pond was already there.
Moldt could have been found 10 years ago. He had called his girlfriend from the bar at around 9:30 p.m.to say he would be home soon, and that was the last contact she had with him. He did not appear to be intoxicated when he left, though he reportedly had several drinks at the bar.More news: Condoleezza Rice Backs Trump in Cancelling Taliban Camp David Peace Meeting
"All we know is that he went missing off the face of the Earth, and now he's been discovered".