A federal prosecutor who was found dead on a Florida beach Wednesday may have been the victim of a crime. Police announced Friday be investigating the death of Beranton J. Whisenant Jr., who worked at the U.S. attorney’s office in Miami, as a homicide.
Police said Whisenant, 37, apparently died of a head wound caused by a gunshot or other type of trauma, the Miami-Herald reported Thursday. Whisenant’s body was found in the water near Magnolia Terrance on Hollywood Beach Wednesday but police said it was unclear where, exactly, he died.
“The investigation is still very preliminary,” Hollywood Police Department spokeswoman Miranda Grossman said, according to the Herald. “All I can confirm is that It is him.”
The circumstances surrounding his death were still being investigated, though the Herald noted that if his death was in some way related to a case he was pursuing, the FBI and district attorney’s offices would be much more involved. Instead, the FBI referred all questions to Hollywood police.