Published: Apr 07, 2014 1:21 PM EDT

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (AP) - Police say the discovery of a car submerged in a South Florida canal behind a missing man's house may solve his mysterious disappearance nine years ago.
    
Authorities say the green Ford Thunderbird and its license plate match the car owned by 69-year-old William Naylor. Coconut Creek police said Monday that skeletal remains were in the car. Dental records are being used to confirm the identity.
    
Naylor went missing in February 2005. If his identity is confirmed, it appears the remains have been in the canal near his home the entire time.
    
The car was found Saturday by a non-profit group called Missing Children International Ministries, which searches canals and waterways in hopes of finding missing vehicles and people. The group then contacted police.
    
Police say foul play is not suspected.

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