Brekky Wrap: Google Maps Finds Man Missing For 20 Years
All the news you need to know this Friday.
The remains of a Florida man who went missing two decades ago have been found in a submerged car, thanks to Google Maps. William Moldt, 40, was reported missing from Lantana in November 1997 after failing to return home from a night out. A missing persons investigation was set up, but the case went cold. Last month, police found a submerged car in a pond in Moon Bay Circle, Wellington. Skeletal remains were discovered inside the car that were later identified as belonging to Moldt.
Police said the car had been spotted by a previous resident of the area after a Google search.
Firefighters are bracing for the return of dry winds in fire ravaged southern Queensland as dozens of fires continue to burn across the state. Crews have managed to get the upper hand over the past two days, thanks to cooler temperatures and higher humidity. But the fire danger in the south and southeast has returned to very high for Friday and Saturday, with dry southerly winds expected, and above-average temperatures into next week.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has called for quiet as diplomats work to free three Australians who have been imprisoned in Iran. Mark Firkin and Jolie King have been identified as the couple captured in Iran 10 weeks ago, reportedly for flying a drone without permission. Separately, a Melbourne academic is also reportedly being held in the same jail, Evin prison, on unknown charges.
Speaking to the Nine Network this morning, Dutton said it was "best to [not] publicly comment".
"I think we're better to let the diplomats to their work and for us to work through the links we have with Iran, so we can get these people back home as soon as possible," he said.
A man has died after a single-vehicle crash in Sydney's north-west this morning. Police were called to Doonside Road about 1:30am, finding the car had crashed into a pole and caught fire. The driver, believed to be a man in his early 40s, died at the scene.
A man has been killed in a Victorian house fire, while a second man is fighting for life. Emergency services were called to a property in Norlane about 6am following reports a house was on fire. The body of a man was found in a front room, while a second man was taken to hospital with smoke inhalation. Arson squad detectives will arrive at the scene later today to determine the cause of the fire.
In politics, NSW Labor has referred John Sidoti to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) over allegations he breached the ministerial code of conduct.
Overseas, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has denied lying to Queen Elizabeth over the reasons for suspending parliament. Parliament was prorogued, or suspended, on Monday until October 14 -- a move Scotland's highest court of appeal ruled was unlawful. Johnson's opponents accused him of lying to the Queen as to the reasons for the suspension -- claims he was forced to say were "absolutely not" true.
The Duchess of Sussex has launched a clothing collection for a charity that trains and dresses unemployed women for interviews. Meghan launched the range at a flagship London department store in her first official engagement since the birth of her son Archie in May.
In sport, Mitch Marsh has delivered a stunning performance on the opening day of the fifth Ashes Test. The all-rounder said he "felt like a kid at Christmas" after a career-best haul of 4-35, but England rallied to reach 8-271 at stumps on day one at the Oval
In other news, Shane Warne turns 50 today, so we thought we'd take a look back at the life and times of the cricketer, poker player, father -- and so much more.
You can take a look at 50 ripper pics of Warney, here.
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