South Florida man missing for 22 years found dead in retention pond

South Florida man missing for 22 years found dead in retention pond

South Florida man missing for 22 years found dead in retention pond

Deputies found skeletal remains in the vehicle once it was pulled from the pond. The 40-year-old Florida man never made it home, and for almost 22 years, his whereabouts remained a mystery.

How they came to be discovered occurred in a most freakish manner after the manager of The Grand Isles housing development spotted the sunken auto on Google Earth and alerted the police.

A previous resident of the neighbourhood of Grand Isles in Wellington, Florida, about 30 kilometres west of Lantana, was looking at the area on Google Earth when he zoomed into a pond and saw what looked like a vehicle.

That person called the current resident on Moon Bay Circle to tell him that there appeared to be a auto behind his home, deputies said in a Facebook post.

Ms Barbera said it was a neighbour who reported the sunken auto and was not aware of reports that Google Maps had been used.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office say Moldt was reported missing in November 1997, but that the disappearance had remained unsolved with no new clues.

Moldt left a night club on the evening of November 7, 1997 at about 11pm.

"The vehicle's exterior was heavily calcified and was obviously in the water for a significant amount of time", Barbera said.

The vehicle and the remains were turned over to the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner's Office for processing. The neighbour asked Fay whether he knew about it.

The Palm Beach Sheriff's Office did not give any details on Moldt's family.

Moldt's body was found still inside his vehicle, which had been submerged in the pond near the housing project.

Moldt could have been found 10 years ago.

Police launched a missing person investigation, but the case had grown cold until last month.

Moldt had called his girlfriend at the time to tell her he was on his way home from the club but he never made it back, Newsweek reported.

Lantana and Wellington are about 32km apart.

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