Death on the Beach

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

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2 Responses to “Death on the Beach”

  1. Cynthia Says:

    I listened to Melody and David, the Investigative Reporter.
    Of course, I had already reviewed the autopsy reports from her son, Joshua. I had read the circumstances, as they played out for the medical examiner, “accidentally” losing the nasal swabs, because of improper labeling.
    From the photos, there was sand EVERYWHERE. There is no way the sand couldn’t have been present in the nostrils.
    Anyway, as I listened to Melody and David, and as Paul Harvey would say, “The Rest of The Story”, I realized that this death is a homicide and a cover up because, like the questionable death of my son, Joshua, the police were involved and the coverup is evident.
    I will wish and pray for Melody to find closure. Closure is all we, as mothers, really want. Otherwise, it’s like a thorn on a rose, it keeps sticking your mind over and over, because the truth is out there, it just isn’t coming to us!
    God bless you, Melody.
    Be gratefrul for Mr. Griffin and David.
    Good luck!

  2. lyndabsims Says:

    I was how to get information regarding the case that I’m personally involved with I’m married to Frederick least ease who was convicted in 1992 of killing Gerald souls a performer for Circus Circus he was found actual innocent and then pled guilty or his conviction was amended in 2013 how large really Hankey bad legal stuff happened that the judicial system did to ensure his conviction hiding evidence improper Council the good old boys network involving judges also that he’d be convicted he spent 22 years in prison for murder he did not commit and still having problems trying to get compensation I really just want to know who killed Gerald Thoele I would be good to reopen the case and find out who really killed him

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