A former resident of Wellington, Florida was scanning the suburban neighborhood where he used to live using Google Earth. What he didn’t expect was to discover a gruesome conclusion to the mystery of a man who disappeared more than two decades ago.
Live Science, a science news website that features groundbreaking developments in science, space, technology, health, the environment, our culture, and history, reported that the resident saw the submerged vehicle. He then called the current owner of the home, who used a camera-toting drone to take a closer look. It turned out that the car, a white 1994 Saturn SL, had skeletal remains inside it. The car was covered with thick calcium deposits which hints that it had spent a long time in the water.
After examining the remains, the Medical Examiner’s Office revealed that the body belongs to William Moldt who has been missing since 1997. According to All That’s Interesting, a site for curious people who want to know more about what they saw on the news or read in history books, Moldt was last seen leaving a nightclub before he phoned his girlfriend that he was on his way home. However, he was never seen again after that. The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) confirmed that he had several drinks at the bar before he left. The circumstances that led to the man ending up in the pond remain unknown.
It was reported that the car seems to have been visible on Google Earth since 2007. During the disappearance of Moldt, the neighborhood around the retention pond was still under construction. Many of the residents in the neighborhood that there had been an entire car with a dead body underneath the pond for so long. “It was very shocking to all of us,” resident Lori Martin said. “I’m glad that they did find him… and may he rest in peace.”