Thank you, Google Earth! Remains of a Man Found After 22 Years

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Thank you, Google Earth! Remains of a Man Found After 22 Years


In 1997, William Earl Moldt was last seen leaving a nightclub in his car and two decades later, his remains and vehicle were found in a Florida pond, reports Natasha Ishak of All That’s Interesting, a website dedicated to publishing interesting news. It is said he contacted his girlfriend “that he was on his way home.” 

Witnesses said Moldt “left alone inside his vehicle and did not appear intoxicated.” Moldt was not a frequent drinker, but he did have several drinks before leaving, As found by the National Missing and Unidentified (NamUS). The next day, the man’s whereabouts were unknown, prompting his family to report Moldt missing to the police. The case remained unsolved for 22 years. Fortunately, a former resident of the Grand Isles community in Wellington, Florida uncovered the missing man’s remains after he surveyed the area through Google Earth. 


Photo Credit: All Things Interesting


Moldt’s 1994 Saturn SL was later found “not too far from the pond’s edge.” The car was not visible to the naked eye, however, the Grand Isles community’s former resident saw a yellowish tint “from a bird’s eye view of the water.” After seeing the vehicle, they spoke with a “current resident who lives adjacent to the pond to verify the visual.” The resident used a drone to fly over the water, confirming it was a car submerged in the water. 

Then, they contacted the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) and told the department about the vehicle. It was towed by the officials, describing it as “heavily calcified.” The body was confirmed to be Moldt’s, who was then 40 years old after an examination by the medical examiner’s office. 


Photo Credit: PSBO on Facebook (via All Things Interesting)


Grand Isles resident Brian Martin notes, “That car has been in that lake for 22 years.” Apparently, many of the neighborhood’s residents are surprised to hear that a car and a dead body were underneath the pond for many years. Now, investigators are trying to find out how and when Moldt’s vehicle ended up in the pond. Lori Martin, another resident, tells Jillian Idle of Florida-based channel WPTV, “It was very shocking to all of us. I’m glad that they did find him… and may he rest in peace.”