[UPDATED with Victim Reported a New Mom:] Newport Beach Police Seek Answers in "Suspicious Death" of Prostitute Tina Hoang

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See the Update No. 3 at the end of page 2 with a friend and lawyer of the victim reportedly saying she had a baby in January and was trying to leave prostitution behind.

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.

Ben Behunin
ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 6, 1:02 P.M.: The Newport Beach Police Department is reaching out to the public for answers as to how a woman in her 20s with an Asian background wound up face down and dead on sand near lifeguard tower No. 71 near West Ocean Front and Highland Street Monday morning.

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:

Tina Hoang Sept. 2012.jpg
Photos courtesy of Newport Beach Police Department
Tina Hoang last September

Tina Hoang Feb. 2013.jpg
Hoang in February

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