Police ID victim in mystery Auburn case

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Police say blood on flooring and towels found burning along a road in Auburn is that of a 30-year-old Puyallup man. After the Washington State Patrol crime lab conducted a DNA test, the profile matched Brandon Shane Zomalt.

AUBURN, Wash. - Police say blood on flooring and towels found burning along a road in Auburn is that of a 30-year-old Puyallup man.

After the Washington State Patrol crime lab conducted a DNA test, the profile matched Brandon Shane Zomalt.

Auburn police Cmdr. Mike Hirman said Friday that Zomalt is likely a homicide victim but nobody has been found. Police say no one has reported Zomalt missing.

Hirman says Zomalt was last seen two weeks before the discovery of the bloody material off Peasley Canyon Road on Aug. 13.

Detectives are asking for help from the public to determine the man's activities leading up to that time.

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

A federal agent spotted a fire in a wooded area along the road, called 911 and pulled over to put out the flames. He also saw a man rushing to get into a dark-colored SUV.