NEWPORT BEACH — On March 4 at approximately 6 a.m., the Newport Beach Police Department responded to a call of an unconscious woman lying face down in the sand at West Ocean Front and Highland Street, near lifeguard Tower 71.

Tina Hoang in September 2012 and February 2013. (Newport Beach Police Department)

Police and fire personnel responded and determined that the woman was deceased at the scene.

The Orange County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim as Tina Hoang, a 20-year-old resident of Bellflower. Newport Beach police detectives are investigating this incident as a suspicious death, pending autopsy and toxicology results from the Coroner’s Office.

Hoang’s attorney, David Nisson, told City News Service that his client gave birth in January and was facing multiple charges of prostitution. Hoang was scheduled to be in court Friday in Van Nuys.

Hoang was facing a misdemeanor count of loitering to commit prostitution in Anaheim. She was due in court on that charge March 28 at the North Justice Center in Fullerton.

Nisson was representing Hoang in 10 cases, including six that were open and the others probation violations, he said.

The Newport Beach Police Department is urging anyone who may have additional information, or who may have seen Hoang in the hours immediately preceding her death, to contact the department’s hotline at 1-800-550-NBPD. Messages may be left anonymously.

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