Death of Texas woman found buried on Maryland beach ruled accidental

Police are still looking into how a Texas woman became buried under the sand while vacationing in Ocean City, Md.

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

The 30-year-old Plano, Texas, resident’s death was an accident, the spokesman added.

O’Connor, who worked as an artist, became separated from her family at about 2 a.m. on Monday.

Ashley O’Connor, of Plano, Texas, was found buried on a beach in Ocean City.

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.

Tractors and police crews filed the stretch of Ocean City beach on Monday where she’d been found. Her body was removed at about 4 p.m. and handed over to the medical examiner.

Ocean City police, who didn’t immediately return a call for comment, were still investigating how O’Connor ended up in a hole on the beach on Tuesday night, Delmarva Now reported.

Police crews temporarily closed off a stretch of Maryland beach Monday after the discovery.

Despite Monday’s commotion, life had returned to normal in the resort town of about 7,000 people on Tuesday.

“In Ocean City, there’s a lot that goes on, but you probably don’t hear about that because they don’t want to scare people,” Marjorie DeMott of Bridgeville, Del., told Delmarva Now.

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