[UPDATED with Victim Reported a New Mom:] Newport Beach Police Seek Answers in "Suspicious Death" of Prostitute Tina Hoang
See Update No. 2 on page 2 with the victim's multiple prostitution arrests and Update No. 1 on the next page with the victim's I.D.
She had no visual signs of injury, and police are awaiting a toxicology report from the coroner's office that might shed light on how she died.
According to the police agency's spokeswoman Kathy Lowe, dispatchers received the call around 6 a.m. Monday about a woman down on the beach.
The identification of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, Lowe added.
Anyone with information that can help investigators is asked to call Detective Garrett Fitzgerald at 949.644.3797. Anonymous messages can be left on the Newport Beach Police Department Hotline at 1.800.550.NBPD.
UPDATE NO. 1, MARCH 7, 10:18 A.M.: The Orange County Coroner's Office has identified the woman found dead on the beach as Tina Hoang, 20, of Bellflower.
There is still no cause of death pending autopsy and toxicology results.
The Newport Beach Police Department has released two photos of Hoang in case anyone may have seen her before she wound up on the beach:
|Photos courtesy of Newport Beach Police Department|
|Tina Hoang last September|
|Hoang in February|