Man missing for decade spotted on Google Maps at bottom of pond

Screenshot courtesy of Google Maps
Screenshot courtesy of Google Maps

The body of a man missing for nearly a decade has been found...and the crime scene has been on Google Maps the whole time.

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Seventy-two-year-old Michigan man, ​David Lee Niles, vanished on Oct. 11, 2006 after walking out of a local bar one night. Niles' body had never been found. In fact, his family lost hope in finding him and published his obituary in 2011.

Now almost 10 years later, Niles' remains have been discovered and they've been on Google Maps this whole time.

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On Tuesday, Nov. 10, Brian Houseman astonishingly noticed a car floating in the pond (for the first time in nine years), while decorating a Christmas tree for the holidays outside of a funeral home.

Eerie, right?

Upon further investigation, dive teams found Niles' skeletal remains and wallet were found in the submerged car. Niles' family tells local NBC affiliate, WOOD-TV, that they are grateful to have some semblance of closure.

%shareLinks-quote="For us today, it's a closure of a long search...Why God waited nine years, I have no idea, but we're happy. It's good to have him home."" type="quote" author="Scott Hathaway, son-in-law" authordesc="WOOD-TV" isquoteoftheday="false"%

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