About Distinctive Investigations

Distinctive Investigations LLC has offices in Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast as well as northeast Georgia. We are fully insured, bonded and licensed by the states of Florida, Alabama and Georgia.

Licensed, insured and bonded in Florida, Alabama and Georgia.

We service the Florida 1st district area between Pensacola and Panama City to include the smaller communities of Milton, Pace, Gulf Breeze, Navarre, Fort Walton Beach, Crestview, Niceville, Destin and Miramar Beach.

Our team at Distinctive Investigators provides professional, discreet investigative services for individuals, law firms, insurance companies, and businesses (large and small). We offer Background Investigations, Location, Surveillance, Asset Searches, Trial Preparation and Service of Process. Our investigators will treat your case with the confidentiality, respect and professionalism that you deserve.


Chief Executive Officer

Bob Wigley, CMECI

Robert “Bob” Wigley is a professional investigator licensed in Florida and Georgia and is the Chief Executive Officer of Distinctive Investigations LLC.

Bob served in the US Air Force for 34 years, the last 18 years of service was with HQ Air Force Special Operations Command. Bob is a graduate of the Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council (CDITC). He is trained in Scientific Content Analysis (SCAN) of statement analysis. He is also a Certified Missing and Exploited Child Investigator (CMECI). Bob serves as a Legal Investigator for McMahon and Associates Detective Division a Florida licensed agency established in 1991. He is on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Missing and Exploited Children (NAMEC). He also serves as a Tactical and Strategic Field Operator in Georgia and Florida for Laura Pettler and Associates Death Investigations, the only victim-centered scientific death investigations firm in the world.

Chief Operations Officer

Alex J. Santos

Alex Santos is the Chief Operations Officer of Distinctive Investigations LLC. He has more than 20 years of investigative experience.

Alex previously served as a Military Police in the United States Army and then went on to work for the Department of Homeland Security. In those positions, Mr. Santos specialized in fraud investigations and his extensive background and knowledge was instrumental in the prosecution of countless fraud cases at the local, state and federal levels. Alex is a past President of the Florida Association of Private Investigators (FAPI).

In 2012 Alex opened his own agency Invesprotex and in 2019, Invesprotex merged with Distinctive Investigations. He has a “hands-on” approach and dedicates many hours to the education of special investigators.

James White - Chief Legal Division - Distinctive Investigations

Chief Legal Division

James White

James White is the Chief of the Legal Division for Distinctive Investigations. He is a native of East Tennessee but settled in Navarre FL after 29 years of service in the United States Coast Guard. During the last 14 years of his Coast Guard career, he served as a Special Agent with the Coast Guard Investigative Services (CGIS). He is a 2002 graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) Criminal Investigations Training Program, Glynco, GA where he received extensive training in all aspects of federal law enforcement investigations. He has completed continued professional education in Advanced Interviewing, Advanced Proactive Service Operations, Sexual Assault/Child Molestation Investigations, Homicide/Suicide Investigations, Covert Electronic Surveillance, Human Behavior Pattern Recognition and Analysis, and Internet Profiling and Intelligence Gathering.

Throughout his law enforcement career, James has conducted both internal and external felony level criminal investigations falling under the cognizance of the Coast Guard. He further held assignments as a Task Force agent to an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force and a Border Enforcement Security Task Force where he partnered with various federal, state and local Law Enforcement agencies to identify criminal activity through information analysis, document research, surveillance, the extensive use of informants and cooperating defendants as well as many other investigative techniques. Once sufficient evidence was obtained to present those cases to the to the United States Attorney’s Office for prosecution, he assisted the prosecution in the preparation of the cases for trial and testified to his findings in federal court.

As the Resident Agent in Charge for the Coast Guard Investigative Service in the Kingdom of Bahrain, James was responsible for the development and implementation of operational intelligence collection efforts that spanned throughout much of the Middle East. He was further responsible for the supervision of highly complex criminal investigations that spanned from the Middle East to Europe.

James is a Licensed Private Investigator and holds a B.A. in Intelligence Studies with a concentration in Law Enforcement Intelligence. He is a member of the Florida Association of Licensed Investigators (FALI) Florida Association of Private Investigators (FAPI) and the Tennessee Professional Investigators Association (TPIA).

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