The Washington State Patrol crime lab has determined blood found on items left along an Auburn roadway earlier this month came from 30-year-old Brandon Shane Zomalt, Auburn police said on Friday.
Auburn police Cmdr. Mike Hirman said Zomalt was last seen two weeks before the discovery of the bloody clothing and carpeting off Peasley Canyon Road on Aug. 13.
“We have strong suspicions that he is a homicide victim because of the amount of blood and how it was being disposed of,” said Hirman. He also said that bone fragments were found by investigators.
Hirman said a Federal Protective Service employee reported seeing flames in the woods near the road on Aug. 13. When the agent pulled over to put out the fire, he saw a man rush to a dark-colored SUV and drive off.
He then found carpet remnants, pieces of linoleum and towels soaked with a significant amount of fresh blood, police said.
Hirman said Zomalt had an extensive criminal history, most of which took place in Puyallup and Pierce County.
Hirman asked that anyone who knows Zomalt or has information about him call the Auburn Police tip line at 253-288-7403.