Archive for May, 2008

Death on the Beach – Update

May 22, 2008

Bereaved mother Melody Grell met with the Santa Rosa County, Florida,  Sheriff on May 20. He agreed to re-open the investigation into the February 2007 death of her son Josh.  The young detective that handled the case originally will not be heading the new inquiry. This makes the second state agency to recently acknowledge that there may have been problems with how the first investigation was handled.

It appears that Melody’s own persistence – and the assistance of others who support her – is making headway in her quest for justice.


Death on the Beach – Update

May 16, 2008

I have heard from Melody Grell – whose son was found dead on a Florida Beach in February 2007 – that authorities are now showing signs of cooperating in her quest to get answers about how and why her son died. In addition, local TV and other news outlets are beginning to cover the story.

Congratulations to Melody and investigative reporter David Craig. Their perseverence may finally be paying off.

Additional information about Josh Whittier’s death has been posted on the Real Crimes site at


The latest update by David Craig can be seen at Click on Mardi Gras Murder Update under “Newest Shows.”


You can also see a new posting at



Death on the Beach

May 8, 2008

At 6:36 am on February 18, 2007, the body of 21-year-old Joshua Whittier was found on the beach in Navarre, Florida. According to police reports and autopsy results, Josh’s death was caused by accidental drowning.


Melody Grell, Josh’s mother, initially accepted those findings. But a couple of weeks after her son’s death, disturbing information began to come to light, causing Melody to have second thoughts about how and why Josh ended up dead on that beach. The more she learned the more convinced she became that his death may not have been an accident at all.


Armed with an increasing number of questions and new evidence, Melody began her quest for authorities to take another look at Josh’s case. For the past 14 months she has been engaged in an often frustrating and uphill struggle to get answers to her questions and make sure all the evidence is examined.


Although Melody began her battle alone, she’s picked up some allies along the way. A former police officer-turned-reporter, a retired homicide detective with 30 years experience, a private investigator, and a forensic pathologist have offered helping hands. But to date her efforts to attain justice have hit a dead end. 

On May 7 Melody discussed her story on my Blog Talk Radio program. Joining us was David Craig, an investigative reporter with Reality News Network ( who has been researching and reporting the story.

You can replay the show at

Additional information is available at and at under Florida cases.