Submerged Car Visible On Google Maps Contained Body Of Missing Elderly Man

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A car submerged in a pond that had been visible on Google Maps for years, contained the remains of an elderly man who had been reported missing a decade ago.

The skeletal remains of Davie Lee Niles, 72,  who disappeared in 2006, were found inside the car in a pond in Michigan when it was spotted by a man decorating a Christmas tree outside a funeral home in the Byron Township

The Daily Mail reports:

Davie Lee Niles disappeared on October 11, 2006 after he was seen leaving his regular watering hole, Jake’s Bar, in Byron Township, Michigan, WOOD-TV reported.

At the time, his family said he met a friend there and then left abruptly, because he was dealing with the discomfort caused by cancer.

His family lost hope of finding him, and in 2011 they published an obituary for the 72-year-old man.

‘Davie Lee Niles, age 72, of Wyoming, passed away and only God knows the time and place,’ the obituary read online. google maps

While decorating a tree for Christmas outside of Cook Funeral Home in Byron Center, Brian Houseman was on a lift when he spotted a car submerged in a pond.

‘All of a sudden, it’s like, ‘Whoa, there’s a car out there,’ Houseman told WOOD-TV.

‘No one could ever see it. It was murky and things moved around.’

The car with Niles’ body inside is even visible on Google maps

Not knowing that he just solved a nine-year-old mystery, Houseman called the Kent County Sheriff’s Department to notify them about the submerged car.

WOOD TV8 YouTube video:

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