Dead woman found buried on OC beach with arm above sand

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — Police say the body of a 30-year-old Texas woman was found buried on a Maryland beach with just an arm above the sand.

Ocean City police arrived in the area around 6:30 a.m. Monday after they were notified about the body by beachgoers who discovered it in a hole in the sand.

Officials identified the woman as Ashley O’Connor of Plano, Texas.

The body was removed for evaluation around 4:15 p.m., according to police.

Ocean City police spokeswoman Lindsay Richard said by phone Tuesday that only an arm was visible above the sand. She says the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will determine a cause and manner of death.

Town spokeswoman Jessica Waters says O’Connor got separated from her family about 2 a.m. She says her death appears to be accidental, although nothing has been ruled out.

Police say the investigation is ongoing.

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