Death of federal prosecutor found on beach ruled suicide, leaving unanswered questions

Death of federal prosecutor found on beach ruled suicide, leaving unanswered questions
Federal prosecutor Beranton Whisenant. (Image: U.S. DOJ via ABC 10 Miami)

[Ed. – Chief among these is how he managed to shoot himself in the head, then make the weapon magically disappear from the crime scene. Followup to this story.]

The death of a federal prosecutor whose body was found on the beach in Hollywood has been ruled a suicide, Hollywood police said Thursday.

Beranton Whisenant, 38, was found dead by a beachgoer in Hollywood near Magnolia Terrace shortly before 6:30 a.m. on May 24.

Detectives and a medical examiner found Whisenant had shot himself in the head, Hollywood police said.

Police searched for two blocks north and south of the crime scene but couldn’t find the gun or any other weapon. [Emphasis added]

He was assigned to the Miami office of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and been hired as federal prosecutor a few months earlier.

Whisenant graduated from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2004 and was admitted to the Florida Bar the same year.

At the time of Whisenant’s death, Acting U.S. Attorney Benjamin Greenberg for the Southern District of Florida, said in a statement that his agency was “deeply shocked and saddened.”

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