Missing Man ‘Found 20 Years Later Through Google Maps’

A missing man has been found 20 years after disappearing through the help of Google Maps, according to reports.
Credit: National Missing and Unidentified Persons System & Google Maps

A missing man has been found 20 years after disappearing through the help of Google Maps, according to reports.

William Moldt, 40, apparently vanished on November 7, 1997, after he went on a night out in Lantana, Florida, and was never seen again.

Although the police set up a missing person inquiry, no evidence was ever found and the case eventually went cold.

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However, the investigation was reportedly reopened years later when a person exploring Google Maps spotted a car submerged underwater.

The sighting was disclosed to the police, in 2019, and Moldt’s body was found shortly after.

According to the Charley Project, a site that gathers data from cold cases, the vehicle had clearly been visible on Google Earth since 2007 but no one had noticed it before.

On the page, it reads: “Amazingly, the vehicle had been plainly visible on a Google Earth satellite image of the area since 2007, but apparently no one had noticed it until 2019.”

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A missing man was found through Google Maps. Credit: Google Maps

The police determined that the car had been submerged under the water for a long period of time due to its state.

At the time the man had disappeared, the location had been isolated and was only used for construction. However, it’s since become a development site.

After an investigation, it was determined that Moldt lost control of the car and crashed into the pond, reports the BBC.

This isn’t the only strange missing person case.

Recently, a Yorkshireman, who hadn’t been seen for a year, was discovered all the way in Lapland.

According to reports, the investigators searching for him were under the impression he had suffered a mental breakdown and travelled up to Scotland.

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.