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August 14, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Auburn police continue to investigate bloody scene; no body found yet

UPDATE, 8:15 a.m., Friday | Auburn Police investigating bloody items found along a roadway say tips have led them to several locations throughout the city and unincorporated King County.

Cmdr. Mike Hirman said Friday morning that officers have searched several spots near where the items were found abandoned off Peasley Canyon Road. He said they have also searched a remote spot off South 277th Street and 55th Avenue South in unincorporated King County.

When asked if additional bloody evidence was found at the site in unincorporated King County, Hirman said no.  He said police have only received tips about people possibly seeing a dark-colored SUV or a person who possibly matches the description of the SUV passenger.

“We searched this area simply because a tip led to it. We’ve now searched four different areas. Three were near Peasley Canyon Road, this one was a little more remote,” Hirman said.

Hirman said they do not have a make or model of the SUV believed to be involved, only that it is dark in color. The person associated with the SUV is described as a mixed-race man, in his late 20s to early 30s. He’s believed to be between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-10, with a thin build and short dark hair.

Hirman said the blood on the items appears to have come from a person, but the results of testing are not available.

UPDATE 3:22 p.m. | Auburn police have brought in a cadaver dog to help them search a potential crime scene where bloody towels and other evidence were found on Wednesday.

Officers are searching a densely wooded area off Peasley Canyon Road, said police Cmdr. Mike Hirman.

“It’s a crime scene,” Hirman explained. “By all appearances there was a homicide or a very serious assault.”

Hirman said investigators believe the homicide or assault occurred elsewhere, but they’re checking the wooded area directly off the road to be certain.

“We don’t think this is where the body is, but we want to be sure,” he said.

Peasley Canyon Road was closed around 3:30 p.m.  It is expected to be reopened within the hour, Hirman said.

ORIGINAL POST | The discovery of bloody carpeting and hardwood flooring in Auburn and the report of a dark-colored SUV driving away from the scene, may be evidence of a crime, Auburn police say.

Police were called to a section of Peasley Canyon Road, between the roundabout and West Valley Highway, around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday for a report of suspicious activity, police Cmdr Mike Hirmand said.

A Federal Protective Service employee in uniform driving in the area called 911 after seeing flames in section of woods near Peasley Canyon Road, Hirman said. The agent pulled over to put out the fire and saw a man rushing to get into a dark-colored SUV.

“He found carpet remnants, pieces of linoleum from flooring, and a pile of towels that were soaked with a significant amount of fresh blood on them,” Auburn police Cmdr. Dave Colglazier told KIRO-TV. “The agent tried to zip back down the road, hoping to find the SUV, but he never saw it again.”

Auburn police and the Washington State Patrol crime lab are investigating.

Anyone with information is asked to call Auburn police at 253-288-7403.

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