Authorities are investigating after a federal prosecutor was found dead on a beach in Florida this week.

Beranton J. Whisenant Jr. was found early Wednesday with possible head trauma caused by gunshot or other means, reported the Miami Herald. The 37-year-old had just joined the Miami U.S. Attorney’s Office in January and worked in the major crimes unit  investigating cases of visa and passport fraud.

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office family was deeply saddened and shocked to learn of Beranton’s death,” the office said in a statement. “We will miss him deeply. Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family.”

Acting U.S. Attorney Benjamin G. Greenberg said in a statement that Whisenant was a “great lawyer and wonderful colleague.”

Living in Miramar, FL with his wife, Ebony, a physician, and their three children, Whisenant worked in civil litigation for a Miami law firm but before that had served as a state prosecutor in Jacksonville, FL after graduating from the University of Florida law school in 2004.

His body was found washed up on the shore of Hollywood beach early Wednesday by a passerby, who said that the body had been tumbling in the waves and still had personal items on it.

(Article By Jeremiah Jones)


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