I woke up this morning to a plethora of commentary on all the people connected to DMR that have died since the scandal broke late last Summer and was somewhat stunned by it. It appears all the interested parties are gathered here in the Slabbed internet community. It is an awesome responsibility due to the delicacy of the subject matter and having crossed this bridge once here on Slabbed last year it is one I do not take lightly.
Slabbed has heard from several sources that Phil Bass took his own life. His name has previously appeared on these pages in connection with his close connection to former DMR Executive Director Bill Walker. Walker is currently at the epicenter of a federal grand jury investigation into wrongdoing at Mississippi Department of Marine Resources. There is much speculation out there in the community that Bass’ untimely death is related. The rampant speculation about both Bass and Jessica Upshaw exists because transparency is still a foreign concept at the DMR.
From reading the commentary on Slabbed, it appears some of the relatives of the deceased still have unanswered questions. Perhaps in time with a bit of luck, those questions will be answered.