Death on Ocean City Beach Ruled an Accident

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Captain Butch Arbin oversees the training of the Ocean City Beach Patrol that enforces the rule, which Waters called straightforward.

O'Connor had been vacationing with her family at the resort destination, and she had been separated from them around 2 a.m. on Monday when she was walking on the beach alone. She died of asphyxiation and suffocation, the medical examiner said. Investigators are still trying to determine if O'Connor fell into the hole or climbed in on her own accord, police said. The beach was reopened to the public that night at approximately 5 p.m. ET.

The investigation is ongoing at this time.

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A toxicology report is pending, police said.

The Town of Ocean City stressed that while O'Connors death might've been ruled accidental it does not mean the investigation is over.

"They alerted a city employee, who then alerted police, and we immediately arrived to begin a death investigation", said Lindsay Richard, of the Ocean City Police Department. Her body was discovered around 6:30 a.m. covered in sand.

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"Sand is very, very unstable". Richard didn't know the exact depth of the hole, but said it was significant.

"In the early hours of July 31st, heaven gained another angel, Ashley O'Connor".

According to a GoFundMe, O'Connor was recently married and had started a painting business with her wife, Janet.

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