A transient apparently set on fire outside a Parkland business in March has died, and his death is being investigated as a homicide.
“We believe it’s a homicide, and we’re working it as such,” Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said. “We’re doubting that whoever did this was alone. Somebody knows something.”
Daniel Dunn, 46, died Monday at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he had been since bystanders found him ablaze March 12, Troyer said.
The King County Medical Examiner’s Office released Dunn’s name Wednesday, and said he died from sepsis and multi-system organ failure, caused by burns over 60 percent of his body.
Several fast-food workers who saw Dunn on fire from across the street initially thought a building was burning at 10:30 p.m. in the 15000 block of Pacific Avenue South.
They ran over and found it was a person. As they rushed to put out the flames, Dunn told one witness someone had set him on fire, according to investigators.
Detectives are following up on tips and are still looking for help from the public, Troyer said.
“When I found out that somebody did this to him, I thought to myself, nobody deserves to be burned alive,” the victim’s brother, James Dunn, told Q13 FOX News. “He suffered for 75 days, the last days of his life.
“I want justice, no matter how long it takes to find him. ... I just want justice to be served and some closure.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department or to call Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers tips are anonymous and can lead to a reward.