Woman’s Body Found in Redlands Orange Groves

REDLANDS, Calif. (KTLA) — An investigation is underway in Redlands after a woman’s body was discovered at the edge of an orange grove Tuesday night.

The woman, identified as 23-year-old Sylvia Marie Flores from Perris, was discovered around 6:30 p.m. by a passer-by.

redlandsSharon Polich said she was out for a walk after dinner when she saw something strange near an orange tree.

“I thought it was a homeless person sleeping out there. But then I got closer and it wasn’t moving,” Polich told KTLA.

“I didn’t have a cell phone. I had to go back to the house to get the cellphone and call 911,” she recalled.

Redlands police quickly secured the area, closing a long stretch of Almond Avenue, which cuts through the drove.

Forensic investigators arrived at daybreak to comb the rustic area for clues and evidence.

Authorities have not released much information about the case.

“We’re fairly certain that the body was dumped here,” said city spokesman Carl Baker. “As I say we are investigating this as a homicide.”

“Right now this is our primary crime scene,” he said. “I can’t comment on where the investigation may lead us.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Redlands police.

7 comments

  • dmayn1

    For starters, I live in Redlands. This has happened before. Ktla, you need to realize that the city of Redlands will do anything to deny/cover up any crime here. A body was found not too far from there some years back and they tried to pin it on San Bernadinos police dept saying it wasn't in Redlands. We have so many gangs and drug dealers moving in around here and the city is in complete denial. Redlands will do anything it can to make sure people will know as little as possible about what really goes on around here. Redlands will end up being the next San Bernadino because the city's leaders just don't care.

  • mijadedios

    you're right 'dmayn1' Redlands does have a lot of their own crime. If there was a body found in or near the same vicinity do you think this is gang related or a serial killer? Do you have any contacts with local news people in and around Redlands who are willing to go out on a limb and report on these issues? I follow a guy on Twitter: RedlandsPatch try him to start, or perhaps someone at San Bernardino Sun can pick this topic up. KTLA seems more like a LA based news agency.

  • Metapy

    I havent got much good to say about the Redlands Police Dept. The Cub Scouts are better than them, because the Scouts have adult leadership, and are responible.

  • Anon

    As a Redlands citizen and life-long IE resident and avid news/public information hound, I can attest to the Redlands PD being not much more than overpaid mall security with guns. Worthless of the nth degree. One could begin to imagine how successful the detectives are with the number of unsolved cases or cases that lead to prosecution which are abnormally high compared to other departments with similar crime, population and funding. They waste money on DUI checkpoints that regularly net very few citations or arrests considering how much was spent to operate. They very rarely do saturation patrols consistently to provide a constant visual presence to deter crime. Traffic enforcement is nill, yet market night regularly has eleventy hundred cops standing around doing nothing hours before it even starts. Car burglary is out of control. All this completely differs from the image the city and the police department sells the public.

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