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UPDATE: Missing New Hanover County man found dead


FIGURE EIGHT ISLAND, NC (WWAY) -- New Hanover County Sheriff's detectives have found the body of a man missing from Figure Eight Island.

55-year-old Benjamin Robert Williamson was last seen at 10 Beachbay Lane on Figure Eight Island around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Sheriff's Detectives working along with the SABLE helicopter and the Sheriff's Dive Unit located a car submerged off of a boat ramp on Figure Eight Island. After recovering the vehicle from the water, it was discovered to contain Williamson's body.

The investigation is ongoing, however no foul play is suspected.

According to the Associated Press, Williamson was managing director and portfolio manager of hedged US equities strategy at Chilton Investment Co.

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Robert was a captain of industry. Some life's matter more than others. Robert mattered.

missing man

So sad. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Wouldn't you know it.

I bet if it was a 55 year old man from Leland you would not hear a peep about it.Or someone from the hood.It is amazing how people of wealth get notice when they go missing.It even hasn't been the normal 48 hr that you wait before broadcasting this.

Missing 55 year old man

Look at the assumption ole Russel makes! Just cause he was "on" Figure Eight made him wealthy? You are the definition of an ignorant dumb*** redneck! What ever you do, don't drive off a boat ramp! No need for anyone to look for garbage!

thats my dad your talking

thats my dad your talking about sir

your dad

My thoughts and prayers to you and your family. It is heart breaking enough as it is. I pray Jesus will give you peace and comfort thru this difficult time.

55 year old man from Leland....

Fail. Disappointing to know people like you exist.

You tell em' russel, you're

You tell em' russel, you're my kind of folks!

Actually, you're dead wrong.

Actually, you're dead wrong. It's not uncommon for the local media,especially including this station, to have stories of missing folks of all walks of life. The only one I hope they miss is if YOU go missing.


Russ, why don't you disappear and we will see.

Maybe because

Ever thought we don't want to find anyone missing from the HOOD? We assume they are all idiots such as yourself.

Do you have no respect

This man was greatly loved and appreciated who gave time and money to people who needed it. How heartless are you to post something like this after he died and left his three kids without a father and a wife without a husband.


Russell, I am pretty sure free mental health is available for you! I am even more sure you need it! What is wrong with you!! Wow!

Missing Man....

Russell - shame on you!!! You do need some help. This was a wonderful, caring and giving person. You are the one focusing on money - when something like this happens they usually state where the person worked - it just so happened that Robert worked very hard to get where he was. Didn't your mother teach you "if you can't say something nice then don't say anything at all!!!" That is my advice for you.

This may have been a

This may have been a wonderful and caring person, but he was also a man who may have been responsible for other people's money, other people's life savings, and he just showed the bad judgment to drive in the water. If he was in a position to make decisions about investments prior to this unfortunate event, the a lot of people should be asking a lot of questions,many focused on money.


Seriously? You're judging this man before the whole story comes out? He had a wife and 3 children. If you have no heart for this poor man, at least try to have a heart for the grieving family. Geeesshhhh.

Prayers to the Family

They're pulling a car out of water out there. I pray he's not in there, God bless this family.