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Ocean City, Maryland, beach death ruled an accident

Last Updated Aug 3, 2017 11:49 AM EDT

OCEAN CITY, Md. -- The death of a 30-year-old Texas woman found buried on a Maryland beach has been ruled accidental.

Citing a ruling from the state's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Ocean City police said in a statement Wednesday that Ashley O'Connor of Plano, Texas, who was found buried in the sand, had suffocated.

Beachgoers discovered the body Monday morning. Police spokeswoman Lindsay Richard says only O'Connor's arm was visible above the sand.

Richard says O'Connor got separated from her family about 2 a.m. Monday and walked onto the beach alone. She was later found in a hole covered by sand.

Ashley O'Connor is seen in a photo obtained by CBS Dallas station KTVT-TV.

Ashley O'Connor is seen in a photo obtained by CBS Dallas station KTVT-TV.

Police say it's not clear whether she fell into the hole or climbed in on her own. Richard didn't know the exact depth of the hole, but said it was significant.

While crews worked the scene Monday, people were sunbathing right next to it, CBS Salisbury affiliate WBOC-TV reports.

"I guess it was shocking just seeing all these people just kind of moving around and vacationing when there's someone that's deceased right behind us," said beachgoer Kim Dugam. "It's a little unsettling."