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Lawsuit surrounding death of Texas woman on Ocean City beach dismissed

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OCEAN CITY, Md. — The lawsuit surrounding the death of Ashley O’Connor, a Texas woman who died on the Ocean City beach in 2017 after being buried in the sand, has been dismissed from federal court.

Attorneys from the town of Ocean City and Gayla Lutyk, O’Connor’s mother, filed a joint motion Tuesday stating “all parties, by and through their respective counsel, hereby stipulate that any and all claims in the above-captioned matter be, and same hereby are, dismissed with prejudice.”

When a lawsuit is dismissed with prejudice it means the court has made a final determination on the issue and that the plaintiffs are forbidden from filing another lawsuit on the same grounds.

Ocean City Police and Forensics use are digging around the area where an unidentified body was found this morning around the 2nd Street beach in Ocean City, Md. on Monday, July 31, 2017.

Tuesday’s joint motion doesn’t specify if a settlement has been reached between the parties. Earlier this year court documents in the case stated both parties had made “substantial progress toward resolution” and were hopeful the matter could be resolved soon, according to court documents. 

BACKGROUND:Ocean City sued over death of Texas woman in beach sand cave-in

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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service