Ocean City Police are still investigating the bizarre nature of Ashley O’Connor’s death, but officials say there’s a strong possibility that the sand caved in on her when she was in a hole on the beach on July 31.
“We don’t know who dug the hole, and that’s something we might never know, but it’s very likely that the sand covered her when she was in the hole,” Police Public Affairs Specialist Lindsay Richard said. “It was a pretty sizable hole, although we don’t have exact measurements.”
O’Connor, 30, of Plano, Texas died of suffocation sometime overnight on July 31. Her body was found early that morning near Second Street after a citizen walking on the beach spotted a forearm and a bit of hair sticking out of the sand. The citizen reported it to a city employee, who called police.
O’Connor was found in a hole about 30 yards away from the high-tide line. The body had no visible injuries and was intact when investigators excavated it.