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William Moldt called his girlfriend from a local Palm Beach County bar about 9:30 p.m. on November 7, 1997 to tell her he “would be home soon,” but the club says he didn’t leave until about two hours later.

They say he didn’t seem intoxicated, but the 40-year-old he never made it home. For all practical purposes, he simply vanished.

Now, thanks to a Google Earth search, Moldt’s family has some closure. A previous resident of a Wellington, Florida neighborhood did something many Americans do, looked over his old neighborhood on the satellite view.

In a large retention pond, there was an object that looked strikingly like a car. The resourceful Googler reached out to one of his friends in the old neighborhood who happened to live “adjacent from the submerged object.”

When he went out to the backyard, he couldn’t see anything because of the steep angle of the embankment but he happens to have a drone that was just perfect to grab an overhead view. According to police, “The current resident activated his personal drone and confirmed what the previous resident saw and immediately contacted PBSO.”

When police investigated, they removed what would turn out to be a “heavily calcified” vehicle. Inside, they found “skeletal remains” that were transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office for processing.

A few days later the victim would later be positively identified as Mr. Moldt. Investigators don’t have much to go on so it’s unlikely that the public will ever learn what happened to this unfortunate man on his way home that night.

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