The body of a respected federal prosecutor in Miami, Beranton Whisenant Jr., washed up on a Hollywood, Florida beach earlier this week, and the circumstances around his death remain a mystery.
Authorities in Florida claim that Whisenant suffered head trauma. His body was found washed up on a beach by a passerby on Wednesday morning, who then alerted police officials.
Whisenant, 37, was married and a father of three, who served in the major crimes unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami since January, and handled visa and passport fraud cases, according to court records. Multiple sources also report he was involved in the investigation of voter fraud connected to the DNC.
The U.S. Attorney’s office declined to comment on his cause of death, but Acting U.S. Attorney Benjamin G. Greenberg did say in a statement the office was “saddened” and “shocked” to learn of Whisenant’s death, as reported by ABC News on Friday.
“The U.S. Attorney’s Office family was deeply saddened and shocked to learn of Beranton’s death,” Greenberg said. “He was a great lawyer and wonderful colleague, and we will miss him deeply. Our thoughts are with Beranton’s family and friends.”
The Miami Herald noted that a preliminary investigation is currently underway and cautioned that, if the case were a murder, authorities would more likely be sounding an alarm and searching for suspects. However, Whisenant’s official cause of death has not yet been publicly released and foul play has not been ruled out.