Robert Ransom Williams
North American Missing Persons Network
Robert Ransom Williams

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: January 21, 1971 from Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 33
  • Height: 70-71"
  • Weight: 195-210 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Black
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Thick black beard, clean shaven short
    sideburns. Nearsighted, wore prescription glasses with black frames.
  • Clothing: Dark business suit and tie, leather shoes.
  • Jewelry: Plain gold wedding band on left hand, gold watch on wrist.
  • Case Number: 14A103322

  • Details of Disappearance
    Robert Williams was lost in an aircraft crash over Lake Champlain in January of 1971.

    The aircraft and the remains were not recovered. Last radar contact was over Lake Champlain, the plane was last seen flying over Juniper Island. Robert Williams was vice president of Retail Planning Corp., and a passenger on the plane. He was one of five people believed to be on board the corporate jet when it disappeared in a heavy snowstorm. The plane was owned by Cousins Properties of Atlanta, Ga. Some reports indicate that the private jet was carrying $1 million or more in cash or negotiable bonds.

    No oil slicks were found and the lake froze over four days later. On April 24, 1971, several pieces of airplane debris, including a tire on a rim came ashore.

    The others who disappeared that night were: pilot George Nikita; co-pilot Donald E. Meyer; and two mechanical engineers retained by Cousins, Frank Wilder and Kirby Windsor.

    The plane, valued at $1 million, was due to fly from Burlington to Providence, R.I., to pick up a passenger and continue to Atlanta. Wilder was from Jacksonville, Fla., and the other four men were from the Atlanta area.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Vermont State Police

    Source Information
    The Burlington Free Press