On Tuesday, the remains were positively identified as William Earl Moldt, who was reported missing on November 8, 1997.
Police say a resident saw what has now been confirmed to be Moldt's vehicle on a Google Earth satellite photo and took action immediately. The former resident told a current resident, who flew a drone above the site and immediately called authorities when he confirmed that the vehicle was there. "Upon removing the vehicle, skeletal remains were found inside".
According to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, Moldt left a nightclub alone around 11 the night before he was reported missing.
Deputies responding to the scene noted that the vehicle was heavily calcified which indicated that it had been in the water for some considerable time.
Investigators towed the vehicle and the remains to the county medical examiner's office for processing, the sheriff's office said. Skeletal remains pulled from the auto were identified by a coroner as Moldt.
Cops were called after someone spotted a auto on Google Earth.
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The subdivision was under construction when Mr Moldt went missing, but the pond was already there.
According to the Charley Project, which maintains an online list of anyone missing a year or more, someone spotted the vehicle on Google Earth.
Police launched a missing person investigation, but the case had grown cold until last month.
"You can't determine what happened that many years ago, what transpired", police spokeswoman Therese Barbera said.
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.
While he was apparently not a frequent drinker, he did have several drinks in the club on the night of his disappearance.