Remains of person missing since 1997 found in retention pond in Wellington

William Moldt (Google Earth/PBSO)

WELLINGTON, Fla. (CBS12) - The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office has found and identified the remains of a man missing since 1997.

On Aug. 28, deputies found a vehicle submerged in a retention pond off Moon Bay Circle around 6:38 p.m., according to the sheriff's office. When they arrived, they noticed the vehicle's exterior was "heavily calcified" and had obviously been in the water for a long time.

When they removed the vehicle, deputies discovered skeletal remains inside.

Detectives and Crime scene responded and began investigating, according to the sheriff's office. The vehicle and the remains were towed to the Medical Examiner's Office.

On Tuesday, the remains were identified as William Moldt, who was reported missing Nov. 8, 1997.

According to deputies, a previous resident of Grand Isles was doing a search on Google Earth in the area and noticed a vehicle in the pond behind the residence. The previous resident contacted the current resident living in Moon Bay Circle and told them about the discovery. The current resident used their personal drone to confirm what the previous resident saw then contacted the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.