The staggering crimes solved by Google Earth - including murders, missing people and secret drug farms

The staggering crimes solved by Google Earth - including murders, missing people and secret drug farms

14.9.2019

The staggering crimes solved by Google Earth - including murders, missing people and secret drug farms

THE decomposing remains of William Moldt were strapped into the driver’s seat of his submerged car after he drove into a pond for 22 years. No one noticed the vehicle beneath the surface of t…

No one noticed the vehicle beneath the surface of the waters in Florida until, by chance, it was spotted on Google Earth — the latest in an astonishing list of crimes solved by the digital map service.

Secret drug farms and even the murder of two women and two children have come to light thanks to the site.

While it was initially claimed Cameroonian soldiers were to blame for the barbaric slaughter, the government there dismissed the accusations as "fake news".

Seven soldiers are set to stand trial on September 16.

David Lee Niles, a 72-year-old dad suffering from cancer and depression, disappeared one night in Michigan after abruptly walking out of his local boozer.

In 2015, Brian Houseman was decorating a large Christmas tree using a cherry picker when he spotted something lurking in the waters of a pond across the road.

"Why God waited nine years, I have no idea, but we're happy. It's good to have him home."

His car was eventually pulled from the pond following the amazing discovery

Underwater cars aren't the only thing you can spot with a satellite view of the ground.

The huge weed plantation, which was spotted on Google Earth, led to 16 people being arrested and over a ton of marijuana being seized.

Shaundell Dade, Jamel Pringle and Jonathan Paulino were all snapped in front of a well-known dealing site.

The victim, who was so traumatised that she didn't want to reveal her identity, said the ordeal lasted over an hour and she thought she was going to die.

Cops immediately launched an appeal for information in the otherwise stone cold case.

In 2008, a 14-year-old lad was cycling in Groningen in Holland when two men ambushed him, nicking his bike, phone and cash.

He immediately called authorities who contacted Google, asking them to unblur the faces of the muggers.

This is the moment right before the alleged attack took place

As well as individual crimes, Google Earth has been used to uncover widespread offending.

So the government's financial crime investigators started looking into the matter with Google Earth.

But when they looked it up on Google Earth and saw the area it was in and the size of the house, they knew something was up.

He'd bought his second caravan after his first one was destroyed by a joyrider.

Cops think the brazen culprit was moments away from getting away with the caravan when the Google mapping car rolled past.

"It was an astonishing coincidence the Google car happened to be passing."

Perhaps none are more disturbing than what looked like a bloody murder captured by the satellite.

Read more: Irish Sun

Remains of man missing for 22 years found using Google EarthCar containing William Moldt is discovered in Florida neighbourhood lake

Google wants its search to promote original reportingOriginal reporting will be highlighted in Google's search results, the company has said as it announced changes to its algorithm.

Google Maps shows sunken car where remains of missing Florida man were foundA previous resident of the area was checking the neighborhood on Google Earth when he zoomed into the lake and saw what looked like a car.

Missing man's body found after 22 years after car submerged in lake spotted on Google Maps - Independent.ieThe remains of a missing man were found after 22 years thanks to someone who zoomed in on his former neighbourhood in Florida with Google satellite images and noticed a car submerged in

Remains of man missing for 22 years found using Google EarthCar containing William Moldt is discovered in Florida neighbourhood lake

Missing man's body found after 22 years after car submerged in lake spotted on Google Maps - Independent.ieThe remains of a missing man were found after 22 years thanks to someone who zoomed in on his former neighbourhood in Florida with Google satellite images and noticed a car submerged in

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