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.
Sharon 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.