Crime

Murder charges filed in bloody carpet case; suspect armed, at large

Pierce County prosecutors on Friday charged a South Hill-area sex offender with first-degree murder in connection with a case that started with a fire and a blood-soaked carpet.

Michael C. Boisselle, 34, has not been captured. Sheriff’s deputies are searching for him and warning anyone who sees him to take care.

“Our suspect’s been in jail multiple times,” sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said. “He is armed with a weapon and knows he’s wanted for murder. That makes him a very dangerous person. He’s someone we don’t want anybody to contact.”

The case began Aug. 13, when an off-duty federal agent noticed a suspicious fire along Peasley Canyon Road in Auburn. The agent saw a man fleeing from the scene in a dark-colored SUV.

Items recovered from the fire included a bloody carpet, a bullet and a section of kitchen flooring.

Analysis of the blood revealed a possible victim connected to a South Hill address. Investigators followed the trail and found the decomposed remains of Brandon Zomalt, 30. He’d been shot several times in the face and chest.

According to charging papers filed Friday, the Medical Examiner’s Office has not formally identified the remains as those of Zomalt, but other information led detectives and prosecutors to proceed with the investigation and charges.

Investigators traced the fleeing SUV to the South Hill address and spoke to Boisselle’s mother, who said her son sometimes used the SUV. She told investigators her son called her Aug. 31, said he needed to leave the area and would not tell her where he was, charging papers state.

Investigators interviewed other witnesses who knew Boisselle. Two said he admitted killing Zomalt, charging papers state. Prosecutors also said witnesses said Boisselle was tired of Zomalt living at his house and wanted him to leave.

Boisselle has prior convictions for third-degree child molestation and fourth-degree assault. Investigators and prosecutors are asking anyone with information to call Pierce County Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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