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September 2, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Pierce County deputies find body linked to bloody items

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Brandon Zomalt

The body of a man whose blood was found on carpet and other items dumped along an Auburn road last month was discovered Monday inside a home near Puyallup, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said.

Deputies were called to a home in the 13000 block of Military Road East for a welfare check and found the body inside, according to the Tacoma News Tribune. “The body had been there for some time and was badly decomposed,” sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer tells the News Tribune.

The Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet confirmed that the body is that of Brandon Zomalt of Puyallup, but Auburn police and the Sheriff’s Department both believe it is him, according to the newspaper.

It was not immediately clear who owns the home.

Last week, the Washington State Patrol crime lab matched 30-year-old Zomalt to blood found on clothes, carpeting and linoleum a man was attempting to burn Aug. 13 in the woods off Peasley Canyon Road, according to Auburn Police Cmdr. Mike Hirman. He said Zomalt was reportedly last seen about two weeks before the discovery of the clothing and carpeting.

“We have strong suspicions that he is a homicide victim because of the amount of blood and how it was being disposed of,” Hirman said last week.

According to police, a Federal Protective Service employee was driving on Peasley Canyon Road when he reported seeing flames in the woods. When the agent pulled over to put out the fire with his extinguisher, he saw a man rush to a dark-colored SUV and drive off, police 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 Zomalt had a criminal history that placed him primarily in Puyallup and Pierce County.

Troyer says carpeting and flooring missing from the Puyallup house matched the material in Auburn.

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