Body of Julian Robertson's nephew found in submerged vehicle

Published 12:00 am Monday, April 23, 2012

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The body of a nephew of Salisbury native Julian H. Robertson Jr. has been found in a car pulled from the water near Wilmington.
Benjamin Robert Williamson, 55, was a prominent New York financier and was last seen leaving a party for his mother, Blanche Robertson Bacon, on Figure Eight Island early Sunday morning.
He had been reported missing. Originally from Raleigh, Williamson was visiting from New York.
Julian Robertson is the well-known Wall Street money manager who established the Blanche and Julian Robertson Family Foundation in honor of his late parents, who were longtime Salisbury residents.
The foundation has contributed millions of dollars to the community since its creation in the late 1990s.
New Hanover County deputies say a car was found submerged off a boat ramp on Figure Eight Island on Sunday. Deputy J.L. Augst identified the body inside the car as Williamson’s.
Deputies had used a helicopter and dive team in the search. Augst said no foul play is suspected, but the investigation continues.
Williamson was managing director and portfolio manager of hedged U.S. equities strategy at Chilton Investment Co.
Mark Wineka contributed to this story.