Sharon Polich went out for an evening stroll after dinner Tuesday.
It was nightfall, about 6:30 p.m., and quiet in a sprawling orange grove near her home.
The typically inviting scene took a very dark turn just a few yards from the street.
That’s when Polich saw something that shouldn’t be here.
“I thought it was a homeless person sleeping out there. But then I got closer and it wasn’t moving,” said witness Sharon Polich. “I didn’t have a cell phone. I had to go back to the house to get the cellphone and call 911.”
Redlands Police quickly secured the area, closing a long stretch of Almond Avenue which cuts through the grove.
Forensic teams arrived at daybreak, preferring to work under sunlight to search the rustic area for clues and evidence.
Whatever they found, whatever they know, they’re not saying much… only that they’re dealing with a murder victim… a 23-year-old woman.
“We’re fairly certain that the body was dumped here. As I say we are investigating this as a homicide, said City of Redlands spokesman, Carl Baker.
“Right now this is our primary crime scene. I can’t comment on where the investigation may lead us.”
— Chris Wolfe, KTLA News