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Google Maps helped solve a decades-old missing persons case


The mystery of a Florida man who went missing 22 years ago has been solved, thanks to Google Maps.

The remains of William Moldt, who disappeared on Nov. 7, 1997, at the age of 40, were recently discovered inside a sunk vehicle in Moon Bay Circle.

A former occupant of the field spotted the car in a pond while employing Google Maps and alerted a friend who lived nearby. That friend is said to have applied a personal drone to survey the pond and eventually contacted police after locating the vehicle.

Authorities pulled the vehicle from the water shortly after and noted skeletal remains inside. Police corroborated one week later that the remains were that of Moldt.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office told the BBC that they suspect Moldt lost power of his vehicle while driving home from a association 22 years ago.

” You can’t ascertain what happened that many years ago, what transpired ,” police spokeswoman Therese Barbera said.” All we know is that he went missing off the face of the Earth, and now he’s been discovered .”

Analysis by the Charley Project, a website which rolls cold lawsuits from across the country, found that the vehicle had been visible on satellite photos since 2007 but that the vehicle had gone unnoticed until this year.

Police say Moldt’s family has since been notified about the discovery.


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