Cause of death identified for woman found in Ocean City

Cause of death identified for woman found in Ocean City

Cause of death identified for woman found in Ocean City

Ashley O'Connor died from asphyxia and suffocation, a spokesman for Maryland's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner told the Daily News.

O'Connor, an artist from Plano, was vacationing with her family, who said they last saw her on Monday at around 2:30 a.m., ABC reports.

The woman whose body was found in a hole on an Ocean City beach essentially drowned in the sand, according to a death investigation released by the town's police department.

Police said it's not yet known if O'Connor fell into the hole or climbed in on her own.

O'Connor's body was found around 6 a.m. Monday by other beachgoers. State police crime scene technicians assisted Ocean City police's Forensics Services Unit.

Authorities found her four-and-a-half hours later, buried on a stretch of the beach with one arm sticking above the surface, a police spokeswoman told the Associated Press. It was removed Monday afternoon, and the beach - which had been closed after the discovery - was reopened around 5 p.m., police said.

The investigation is ongoing at this time.

Police are investigating. Anyone with information may contact Ocean City police at 410-723-6604.

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