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Person dies after falling off balcony at Myrtle Beach oceanfront resort

Police respond after someone falls from oceanfront resort in Myrtle Beach

EMS and Myrtle Beach police responded to the Westgate Resort in Myrtle Beach after, cops say, one person fell from a balcony. The resort is in the center of Myrtle Beach across from Family Kingdom on Ocean Boulevard.
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EMS and Myrtle Beach police responded to the Westgate Resort in Myrtle Beach after, cops say, one person fell from a balcony. The resort is in the center of Myrtle Beach across from Family Kingdom on Ocean Boulevard.

A woman is dead after falling from a balcony at an oceanfront hotel Tuesday afternoon in Myrtle Beach.

Myrtle Beach police and fire rescue personnel responded to the Westgate Resort located at 415 S. Ocean Blvd. after someone reported that a person fell from a balcony, according to police Capt. Joey Crosby.

Crosby said when officers arrived, they found a female in the resort's parking lot. She was pronounced dead on scene.

Chief Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard said the death is being investigated as a suicide.

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The Westgate Resort in Myrtle Beach where a body was found after someone fell from a balcony on July 3. - Josh Bell jbell@thesunnews.com

Mark Waltrip, chief operating officer for Westgate Resorts, said the company is waiting for police to finish the investigation before commenting on the incident.

"We cannot share anything at this point. It's an ongoing investigation," Waltrip said.

In late June, a 66-year-old Raleigh, North Carolina, man died after he fell from the Patricia Grand Hotel in Myrtle Beach. Police suspected no foul play, and the coroner's office ruled it accidental "as the fall was due to a sudden medical event."

Michaela Broyles: 843-626-0281, @MichaelaBroyles; Hannah Strong: 843-444-1765, @HannahLStrong

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