updated 8/25/2009 6:33:58 PM ET 2009-08-25T22:33:58

A woman was found dead chained to a buoy off a popular beach in Puerto Rico's capital Tuesday, police said.

A police officer spotted the body and swam out to her before realizing she was dead. The unidentified blonde woman was tied around the waist with two chains and two padlocks, a police statement said.

The woman, who wore a black and white bathing suit, appeared to be in her early 50s and her body did not show any signs of violence, police spokeswoman Maria del Pilar Bon said. Homicide detectives are investigating and police have not ruled out suicide.

The body was found off San Juan's Last Trolley beach, which juts into the Atlantic Ocean and is packed with locals and tourists on weekends.

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