Missing Man's 20-year disappearance solved after car spotted on Google maps 1 month ago

Missing Man's 20-year disappearance solved after car spotted on Google maps

William Moldt went missing in November 1997 after leaving a Florida nightclub

A man whose disappearance has remained a mystery for more than two decades has finally been solved - with the help of Google Maps.

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William Moldt went missing on November 8, 1997 after leaving a nightclub in Lantana, Florida. He was said to have phoned his girlfriend at 9.30pm to tell her he was on his way home, but he never made it.

Some 2o-odd years later, someone noticed a submerged vehicle in a pond in Wellington, near Palm Beach, on Google Maps, and reported it to police.

The vehicle was removed from the lake and the remains of Moldt were inside, with a medical examiner confirming the identity back in 2019.

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The location was only a construction site when the missing persons report was filed, but the development has since grown, leading the manager of The Grand Isles housing development to spot the car.

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The Charley Project, an online database collecting information on US cold cases, says it's possible the car was visible on Google Maps for more than 10 years.

It writes: "Amazingly, the vehicle had been plainly visible on a Google Earth satellite image of the area since 2007, but apparently no one had noticed it until 2019 when a property surveyor saw the car while looking at Google Earth."

Police spokeswoman Therese Barbera said at the time: "You can't determine what happened that many years ago, what transpired.

"All we know is that he went missing off the face of the Earth, and now he's been discovered."

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