The father of a woman whose body was found in a Redlands orange grove said on Thursday that he had warned his daughter that her profession as a prostitute would lead to no good.
Robert Flores told NBC4 that he received the news of his daughter's death on Tuesday when officers came to the door of his Perris home. Sylvia Flores was 23 years old.
"I felt a lot of hurt inside my heart," Flores said through tears. "I never wanted anything to happen to my daughter."
It was Monday night, 30 miles away in Redlands, when a woman discovered the body of Sylvia Flores in an orange grove.
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Robert Flores last saw his daughter the day before at his mother’s funeral.
"I told her I loved her very much and to take care of herself because I wasn't happy with what she was doing," he said.
Two years ago, Sylvia Flores suddenly had new friends and started traveling the country as a prostitute, her father said.
"It was an easy profession and she made a lot of money," Flores said.
The family saw Sylvia only once in two years before Sunday. Flores said they tried to warn her about the danger of what she was doing.
"I told her, 'people are not nice that do that, people just use you,'" Robert Flores said. "She wouldn't listen to me. She wouldn't listen to any of us."