Investigators identify body found off Causeway


SPANISH FORT – Baldwin County investigators identified the person found dead in water off the Mobile Bay Causeway as Joshua Pettigrew, 28, of Jackson, Miss.

Investigators do not believe that Pettigrew’s death was a homicide, but are still working to determine how the victim died.

On Jan. 2, Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a site near Meaher Park when a body was found in shallow water near the Blakeley River. The Alabama Marine Patrol and Daphne Search and Rescue The person had been dead for several days, according to Sheriff’s Office reports.

On Jan. 4, investigators released photos of some of the victim’s tattoos and a description of the person in an effort to help identify him. Several people called the Sheriff’s Office after the release with information that helped that helped officers identify the man.

The Alabama Department of Forensic Science, which performed the autopsy on Pettigrew, and the Baldwin County Coroner’s Office also aided in the identification, according to reports.

Investigators used the information to identify Pettigrew.

The victim’s family has been notified, officials said.

The Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the incident. Anyone with information regarding Pettigrew’s death is asked to call the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 251-972-8589.