Ashley O’Connor fell into a hole on the beach and died of suffocation, Ocean City Police say. The Texas woman was on vacation in Maryland with family members at the time of the incident. Ashley O’Connor was last seen by her family at around 2 a.m. Law enforcement authorities don’t believe Ashley O’Connor’s death was crime-related. Those who know Ashley O’Connor say the circumstances “don’t add up.”
Thirty-year-old Ashley O’Connor, who was newly married to another woman, had just attended the wedding of a friend before heading to the beach in Maryland. When Ashley O’Connor didn’t return to her place of lodging, her parents contacted police and reported her missing. She was found at daybreak by a beachgoer, who saw the victim’s arm sticking out of the sand, People reports.
It was an eerie scene. The last moments Ashley O’Connor endured before she expired had to be terrifying. Now, investigators are trying to find out exactly what happened and who dug the hole.
Social media posters find it hard to believe the woman buried herself in the sand. Others say, if she was walking on the beach at night, it’s possible the crashing waves swept her into the hole. Here is part of the Facebook discussion.
“Her body was found at 6:30 a.m. but not removed until 4:15 p.m., almost 10 hours later? There’s no way this is an accident.”
“She was out there in the middle of the night when the tide was low, the water could have buried her body in sand. Depends on how close to the water she was. I can see it happening.”
“There are sinkholes out there too….”
Beachcombing tractors could also be responsible for filling the hole while Ashley O’Connor was inside. This angle has not been confirmed. For now, it appears it was all just a terrible turn of events.
The idea of walking alone on the beach at night seems peaceful and tempting. However, beach officials advise against.
A GoFundMe account has been established to help Ashley O’Connor’s wife and family with expenses. TV Crime Sky recently reported on the case of another vacationer who died while on a cruise with her husband.
[Main Photo by Ashley O’Connor/Facebook]