According to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, more than 600,000 people go missing in the USA every year, with at least 4,400 unidentified bodies recovered each year.
According to an update posted to The Charley Project, an online repository of missing-persons cases, Moldt's sunken vehicle had been plainly visible on Google Earth since 2007. The man had been missing for nearly 22 years, and the vehicle was near the water's edge - reportedly visible in Google Earth satellite imagery since 2007. "Upon removing the vehicle, skeletal remains were found inside".
The Palm Beach County Sheriff's department was called on August 28 to reports of a auto which was in a retention pond in Moon Bay Circle, Wellington.
The sheriff's office spokeswoman Teri Barbera said on Thursday that a previous resident of the Grand Isles neighborhood in Wellington, Florida, was checking the neighborhood on Google Earth when he zoomed into the lake and saw what looked like a auto.
That person called the current resident on Moon Bay Circle to tell him that there appeared to be a vehicle behind his home, deputies said in a Facebook post. Palm Beach County sheriff's deputies went to look at the vehicle, finding it was heavily calcified and had been there for a long time.
Barry Fay, whose house the auto was behind, told the Sun Sentinel that his neighbour's ex-husband saw the submerged vehicle on Google Earth.
The subdivision was under construction when Mr Moldt went missing, but the pond was already there.
"You can't determine what happened that many years ago, what transpired", police spokeswoman Therese Barbera said.
According to The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, Moldt had gone to the Adult Night Club on the evening of November 7, 1997, and left around 11 p.m.
He had called his girlfriend from the club saying he would soon return to their Lantana home.
According to NamUs, he was not a frequent drinker but did have several drinks at the bar.