WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A vehicle was spotted submerged in a pond in Florida through the use of Google Earth.
- When the find was reported to officials, the car was lifted out of the water, revealing a human skeleton inside.
- Officials said in a news release that the remains belonged to a man who disappeared over two decades ago- William Earl Moldt.
Technology can be extraordinary, especially today. Many things would not be possible without our current technological advances. One of them, Google Earth, can show you a bird’s eye view of different places all around the world, even from your seat at home.
Thanks to Google Earth, someone spotted a car submerged in a retention pond located in Wellington, Florida. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that Fifty-year-old Barry Fay’s neighbor told the man about the peculiar find. In turn, Fay alerted the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office about the existence of the car in the pond behind his home.
The sunken vehicle wasn’t the most shocking thing about this story either. When deputies went to the pond and had the car, a white 1994 Saturn SL, pulled from the water, a human skeleton was inside.
On Monday, officials confirmed in a sheriff’s office news release that the remains belonged to a man who disappeared more than twenty years ago on a night of November 1997 — William Earl Moldt. The man, who was then 40 years old when he went missing, was last heard from when he told his girlfriend that he was on his way home from a bar.
The Sun-Sentinel cited data from the Florida Department of Transportation that says that in Florida alone, there have been 168 deaths caused by water-related accidents. This is only between the years 2011 and 2016.