Skeleton of long-lost driver found in Florida pond after submerged car spotted on Google Earth
The skeleton of a Florida man who went missing 22 years ago was discovered in a submerged car after the vehicle was spotted in a retention pond on Google Earth.
Barry Fay, 50, alerted the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office to the existence of the car behind his Wellington, Fla., home in August after a neighbor told him about the discovery, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
When deputies lifted the white 1994 Saturn SL out the water, they discovered the remains of William Earl Moldt, who vanished on a November night in 1997, the paper reported.
Officials confirmed the remains belonged to Moldt on Monday, according to a sheriff’s office news release. Moldt was 40 when he went missing. He was last heard from when he told his girlfriend he was headed home from a bar.
There were 168 deaths in water-related accidents in Florida from 2011 to 2016, according to Florida Department of Transportation data cited by the Sun Sentinel.