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September 5, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Roommate charged in South Hill man’s death

Michael Clifford Boisselle, 34, was charged with first-degree murder on Friday, according to the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

Michael Clifford Boisselle, 34, was charged with first-degree murder on Friday, according to the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

The roommate of the man whose body was found in a South Hill home last month has been charged with first-degree murder and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Michael Clifford Boisselle is accused of fatally shooting Brandon Shane Zomalt last month and later disposing of evidence in Auburn, according to the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Boisselle, 34, is still at large, Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said.

On Aug. 13, an off-duty federal agent noticed a fire on the side of an Auburn road. After he extinguished the fire he discovered bloodied carpet, clothing and towels. A man who had been standing near the fire fled in his dark SUV after he saw the agent, police said.

DNA analysis from blood samples sent to the Washington State Patrol’s crime lab determined the blood belonged to Zomalt, 30, who had not been seen or heard from for weeks.

On Monday, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department deputies performed a welfare check at a South Hill home rented by Boisselle and found Zomalt’s severely decomposed body in the garage. Flooring missing from the home matched the flooring found burning in Auburn weeks earlier. Zomalt died from multiple gunshot wounds to the torso and head, according to the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Zolmalt had been temporarily staying at the home, detectives said. The prosecuting attorney’s office said Boisselle told witnesses he was frustrated with Zomalt, and he told his mother he needed to get out of the area and that she would not hear from him again.

Boisselle is a level-II sex offender for a 2009 third-degree child molestation conviction. He is 5-feet-5 and 165 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair, according to the sheriff’s office. Anyone with information about his location should contact the sheriff’s department, Lindquist said.

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