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Florida man accidentally discovers missing person using Google Earth

Sep 13, 2019

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I know this is in Florida, not Canada but i thought it was interesting the way a missing person was located. You never know what method, clue or pair of eyes is gonna solve the case of a Missing Person …..


Most people use Google Earth for directions — not to solve the 20-year-old mystery of a Florida man who didn’t come home one night.

However, a property surveyor recently cracked such a case after finding a vehicle submerged in water on Google Earth.

When William Moldt, 40, failed to come home after going clubbing in 1997, he was reported missing.

Though a missing person investigation was launched by police on Nov. 7 of that year, the case went cold after no one could find him.

According to the Charley Project, an online cold-case database, a submerged white car was spotted in murky green water on Aug. 28, 2019, in an aerial view of Moon Bay Circle in Wellington, Fla. — 22 years after Moldt went missing.

“Amazingly, [the] vehicle had been plainly visible on a Google Earth satellite photo of the area since 2007, but apparently, no one had noticed it until 2019,” the Charley Project said in a statement.

According to the cold-case database, the incredible discovery was made by a property surveyor who was performing an innocent Google Earth search. The BBC reports that, according to local police, it was a previous resident of the area who found the car while “doing a Google search.”

A spokesperson for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office told ABC 10 the car was heavily calcified when found. It was removed from the water, and a week later, skeletal remains found in the car were positively identified as Moldt.

The anonymous discoverer reportedly contacted someone he knew living in the area, who then proceeded to investigate using a drone before contacting the police.




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