Investigators looking into mysterious death of former Jacksonville prosecutor

Former local federal prosecutor killed

Investigators in south Florida are looking into the mysterious death of a federal prosecutor who spent part of his career in Jacksonville working at the State Attorney’s Office.

Beranton Whisenant Jr. was found dead on a beach near Miami. Officials say he was found with head trauma.

Action News Jax spoke to former State Attorney Harry Shorstein, who worked with Whisenant. Shorstein said Whisenant was a pleasure to work with and a talented attorney.

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Whisenant was found dead with a possible gunshot wound or trauma to his head on a Hollywood, Florida, beach.

It’s unclear where Whisenant died because his body was found close to the shore. His death is now being investigated as a crime.

Authorities are working to figure out if foul play was involved. The 37-year-old worked for the U.S. State Attorney’s Office in Miami in their major crimes unit.

Before working in Miami, Whisenant worked at the State Attorney’s Office in Jacksonville.

We reached out to them for comment and they referred us to Shorstein, who said Whisenant was a memorable hire.

“He was a pleasure to work with, he was just a dedicated prosecutor,” said Shorstein, who added that the news comes as a shock and that his thoughts are with Whisnant's family.

Whisenant was a married father of three. His family could not be reached for comment.