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Investigators find body of man whose blood was found on carpet by Auburn road

The body of a man whose blood was found on carpet dumped along an Auburn road was discovered inside a South Hill home Monday, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

The Medical Examiner’s has not yet confirmed that the body is Brandon Shane Zomalt, 30, of Puyallup, but Auburn police and the Sheriff’s Department believe it is.

Deputies were called to a home in the 13000 block of Military Road East on Monday for a welfare check. They found the body inside the garage.

“The body had been there for some time and was badly decomposed,” sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said Tuesday. “Our investigators saw carpet and flooring had been torn up. It was obvious somebody had tried to cover up a crime scene.”

Auburn police last week asked for the public’s help in finding friends and acquaintances of Zomalt, who never was reported missing.

DNA testing identified his blood on soiled carpet and flooring that a man was trying to burn in a wooded area along Peasley Canyon Road on Aug. 13.

A federal agent spotted the fire and pulled over to douse the flames. The agent saw a man rush to a dark-colored SUV and speed away.

The man has not been identified and no arrests have been made.

Animal Control was also called to the South Hill home to take care of the primary resident’s dog that had been left inside the home for at least several weeks.

Troyer said Zomalt appeared to have been staying at the home.

Investigators are trying to contact the resident of the home and other people who appear to have stayed there occasionally, Troyer said. They are not considered suspects at this time, he said.

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