Crime

Bloody items found along road in Auburn linked to Puyallup man

Blood found on carpeting and hardwood flooring dumped along a road in Auburn this month belongs to a Puyallup man, police announced Friday.

Detectives are asking for the public’s help in finding people who knew 30-year-old Brandon Shane Zomalt so they can determine his activities leading up to Aug. 13, when the bloody carpet was found.

A federal agent spotted a fire in a wooded area along Peasley Canyon Road on Aug. 13, called 911 and pulled over to put out the flames. He spotted a man rushing to get into a dark-colored SUV.

Police said they believe the bloody carpet was evidence that a crime was committed and sent it to the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab.

The results recently came back, identifying the blood as Zomalt’s.

Commander Mike Hirman said Zomalt likely was the victim of a homicide but they haven’t figured out where the crime might have happened. Detectives also know little about Zomalt except that his most-recent address was in Puyallup.

Nobody has reported Zomalt missing, police said.

Zomalt has convictions in Pierce County for felony harassment.

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

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