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Woman found face-down on beach in Newport was slain

Woman found face-down on beach in Newport was slain
Tina Hoang's body was discovered on the shore in Newport Beach in March. (Newport Beach Police Department)

A 20-year-old woman found face-down in the sand in Newport Beach  in March was the victim of a homicide, officials say.

The Orange County Coroner office determined that Tina Hoang was slain but declined to reveal the exact cause of death, Newport Beach police spokeswoman Kathy Lowe said Tuesday.

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An investigation is ongoing.

The coroner's report did not change the scope of the police investigation, which Newport Beach detectives investigated as a suspicious death from the start, Lowe said.

Hoang's body was discovered March 4 in the sand near West Oceanfront and Highland Street.

At the time of her death, Hoang was a recent mother who faced prostitution charges in Orange and Los Angeles counties, as well as out-of-state charges.

Lowe said no further information would be released to maintain the integrity of the investigation.

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