Olivia Mackenzie

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Man reported missing for two decades found on Google Earth

He disappeared in November 1997.

The remains of a man found in Florida have been discovered to be those of a man who went missing in 1997.

The mystery of 40-year-old William Moldt's whereabouts since 8 November 1997 had left police baffled for 20-years, until it was solved after someone saw a car in a pond using Google Earth asked the authorities to investigate.

His skeleton remains were found inside the sunken vehicle last month in a pond in Wellington, near Palm Beach.

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office say Moldt was reported as missing almost 20-years ago, but that his disappearance remained unsolved without fresh clues. However, back in 1997 the area was a building site and after being called out to the scene, police determined the vehicle had been there for quite a while given its condition.

Moldt's remains were discovered inside the car and handed to the medical examiner for identification. It was reported that that the car could be seen on Google Earth for more than a decade.

A listing about the case on The Charley Project reads:

"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."

The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System states Moldt had left a nightclub on the evening of 7 November 1997. He had called his girlfriend at around 9:30pm to tell her he would be home soon, but had not been heard from since.

No further details surrounding the case have been released yet.