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Google Earth helps solve decades old missing person case

Google Earth helps solve 22-year-old missing person case
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Posted at 3:13 PM, Sep 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-14 16:22:35-04

A man curiously looking at his old neighborhood on Google Earth recently came across an unusual discovery.

According to ABC News, he was inspecting his old neighborhood in Palm Beach County, Florida, when he noticed a "lump" in a lake behind the property that looked like a car.

Jerry Nyman, an IT specialist who works for the Palm Beach County School District, then contacted the current homeowner, who flew his own personal drone over the lake and agreed that it was a vehicle.

The current homeowner contacted Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, and deputies confirmed that the lump was indeed a "heavily calcified" vehicle.

Police say it looked like it had been in the water for a "significant amount of time."

After removing the car from the lake, police discovered something else unusual - skeletal remains.

Police began an investigation and, on September 10, confirmed the identity of the remains.

William Moldt went missing in 1997 at the age of 40 after never returning home from a nightclub, according to the Associated Press.

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Neighbors say they never suspected anything was in the lake.

"Never did I believe there would be a 22-year-old dead body," Barry Fay told the Palm Beach Post.

AP reports that Moldt did not appear intoxicated when he left the club, and he called his girlfriend to tell her he'd be returning home soon.

But he never did.