It took 22 years, but the remains of a missing man were finally found thanks to a person who zoomed on his old Florida neighborhood with Google satellite images and noticed a car submerged in a lake, authorities said .
The remains were those of William Moldt, who has been missing since 1997 at the age of 40, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff's spokeswoman, Teri Barbera, said Thursday that a former resident of the Grand Isles neighborhood in Wellington, Florida, was checking the neighborhood on Google Earth when he had zoomed in on the lake and had seen what looked like a car.
The former resident contacted a current owner, who used a drone to confirm that it was a white car at the edge of the pond located behind his house. The man called the sheriff's office on August 28 and MPs arrived later to find the exterior of the "heavily calcified" white sedan. After taking out the car, they found the skeletal remains inside.
The national system of missing and unidentified persons indicates that Moldt went to a nightclub in November 1997 but did not appear to be intoxicated since he had left alone before midnight. He had called his club girlfriend to tell him that he would be returning home soon to Lantana.
The subdivision was under construction when Moldt disappeared, but the pond was already there. Barry Fay, who found the car, told the Palm Beach Post that he had never noticed anything from the shore.
"I never would have thought that there would be a 22-year-old corpse," Fay told the newspaper.