Detectives say body found in Cape Fear River was an accidental drowning

Robert Delford Brown (Courtesy:
Robert Delford Brown (Courtesy:

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Boaters discovered a body in the Cape Fear River between the USS North Carolina Battleship and the Isabel Holmes Bridge in Wilmington.

According to New Hanover County Sheriff's Detectives, boaters found 78-year-old Robert Delford Brown floating near the western bank of the river just after 5:00 Tuesday evening.

The medical examiner says there was no sign of trauma and detectives do not suspect foul play.  Authorities have ruled Brown's cause of death as an accidental drowning.

The body drifted down the Cape Fear River until crews were able to remove it near the Isabel Holmes Bridge.

New Hanover County Sheriff's Deputies blocked off Point Harbor Road for almost three hours while they recovered Brown's remains.

Brown was an artist and founded the First National Church of the Exquisite Panic, Inc.  To learn more about the artist and to see some of his works, click here.

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