Officials Confirm Body Found on Florida Beach Is Federal Prosecutor

Photo Source: WTVJ

HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA — Officials say a body found washed up on Hollywood Beach Wednesday is federal prosecutor Beranton J. Whisenant Jr.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami confirmed the news: “The U.S. Attorney’s Office family is deeply saddened by his death. He was a wonderful lawyer and great colleague. We will miss him deeply. Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family.”

According to local media, the 37-year-old may have suffered trauma—an official cause of death was not yet made public.

“When the tide came in he obviously was caught in the surf and tumbling, about a 35-year-old African-American man, very well dressed wearing a sort of a casual business shirt, black pants, and all of his personal effects were on him and that’s what we found unusual,” witness Bill Renick told WTVJ.


Whisenant worked in the Major Crimes Unit where he was overseeing several visa and passport fraud cases.

The investigation is ongoing.

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