Police: Blood at Auburn scene is human

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AUBURN, Wash. - On Thursday police were searching a second area that they believe is connected with the blood-soaked flooring and towels that were set on fire Wednesday night on Peasley Canyon Road in Auburn.

Detectives were at South 277th Street and 55th Avenue South in Auburn Thursday, hacking through dense, thorn-covered bramble with machetes over 5 miles from where the fire was set. They are expected to be back at the scene Friday morning to continue the search for evidence.

Investigators believe the man who set the fire was trying to cover up a crime. Police said on Friday afternoon that the blood was human, and that they continued to receive tips from citizens.

“There's a lot of blood there, there's a significant amount of blood in all of this flooring and clothing.” said Mike Hirman, with Auburn police.

So far, they have no reports of anyone killed or missing who can be linked to the blood.

And the man who set the fire has yet to be found. He is described as a mixed-race man in his late 20s or early 30s between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall with a thin build and brown hair.

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