Who is she? Police try to identify woman found in ocean

Lifeguard stand at 24th Avenue South in Myrtle Beach

The identity of a woman whose body was pulled from the ocean Saturday morning in Myrtle Beach remains a mystery.

The coroner's office is still waiting on final autopsy results, but it appears she drowned.

Lifeguard Piotr Wilczynisky said he was working his shift at a lifeguard stand near 24th Avenue South in Myrtle Beach, when a couple told him they saw a body floating in the water.

"I just run to my station, I grab my binoculars, and I saw some white shoes, and I was pretty sure that it was a human body," he explained.

Wilczynisky said he dove in to rescue the woman, and he and other lifeguards performed CPR, but she was already dead.

According to Myrtle Beach police, there's nothing to indicate someone caused her death.The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division will draw a sketch of the woman to hopefully help learn who she is.

"We don't know right now, so we're doing everything we can in terms of medical examination, dental records, things like that to try to help identify her," said Captain David Knipes with Myrtle Beach police.

Police have already searched a national database of missing persons, but say they haven't found a connection.

In the five summers he's worked as a lifeguard, Wilczynisky said this is something he's never seen, and he hopes to never have to see it again.

"I hope it was the first and the last situation during this summer. I hope."

The woman is described as being in her late 40s to late 50s, white, with reddish blonde hair, between 5' 3" and 5' 6", and weighing between 170 and 185 pounds.

She has a bright, colorful tattoo on her left ankle showing an ocean scene with a dolphin.

If anyone knows who this person might be, you're asked to call Myrtle Beach Police at 843-918-1382.