No one had heard from William Moldt since 1997. The turning point came thanks to a fortuitous research online: his car was at the bottom of a pond
William Moldt disappeared on November 7, 1997. He was 40 and resided in Florida, in Palm Beach County. “I’m at the bar, I’ll be home soon,” he said to his girlfriend that night. But there was no more news of him. Today, 22 years later, the “mystery” has been solved thanks to … Google Earth. All thanks to a satellite search carried out a few days ago by a former citizen of Wellington, able to see – quite by accident – the outline of a car at the bottom of a pond in his old neighborhood. Alarmed, the man contacted an acquaintance who lives right in front of him. Which – the police explained – “activated his personal drone, confirmed what the previous resident had seen and immediately alerted the sheriff’s office”.
After removal, the vehicle appeared “heavily calcified”, a sign of its very long stay in the water. But it could have been the Moldt car that was suspected when the remains of a human skeleton were found inside it. There was only one way to find out: a medical examiner. Whose verdict arrived on Tuesday: yes, the remains are his. Even the relatives no longer hoped to find him, to find out what had happened to him. It took Google to shed light on the case. Technological serendipity.