A woman's body was found buried in a hole in the sand on a beach in Maryland.
Thirty-year-old Ashley O'Connor, an artist from Plano, Texas, was taking stroll on the beach in the middle of the night, according to the Associated Press. Authorities believe she either fell or sat in a hole dug by another vacationer. The sand then collapsed, burying her alive.
Beachgoers discovered her body a little before dawn on Monday. According to ABC News, they spotted her arm sticking out of the sand. Investigators spent 9 hours digging for clues in the spot where O’Connor died. Meanwhile, sunbathers laid on towels just a few feet away.
A medical examiner confirmed that the death was an accident and a rare one: ABC News reports that there has only been 31 incidents of people dying in recreational sand holes over a 10-year period worldwide.
Maryland authorities are reminding people not to dig large holes on the beach.
O’Connor recently got married and had started a painting business with her wife.
A GoFundMe campaign has been started to help with her grieving wife.
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