CRIME
09/01/2014 02:33 pm ET | Updated Sep 01, 2014

Cops Investigate Homicide After Seeing Man Burn Bloody Items Near Woods

Police in Washington said they are investigating a likely homicide after a cop responded to a fire and discovered disturbing evidence.

On August 13th, the Auburn Police Department were called to a fire on the side of a highway. Officers said when they arrived, they found blood-stained carpet, flooring, and towels all being burned, Q13 Fox reported.

A man who police believe is a key suspect was seen near the items before fleeing in a dark SUV.

On Friday, police conducted DNA tests on the blood and determined the victim is 30-year-old Brandon Zomalt, who remains missing, according to KOMO News.

Cmdr. Mike Hirman told the station that Zomalt may have been killed more than two weeks ago. During this time, no one reported him missing.

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A photo released by the department shows Brandon Zomalt, who is believed dead

"The body is somewhere," Hirman said. "The fruits of the crime, if you will, were dumped here in Auburn. And so we need to find out who this person's associates are, we need to find where he was staying, where he was living and then we can go from there."

With few leads in the case, police are asking the public for help in identifying Zomalt's killer. Authorities could give only a vague description of the man who fled the scene, according to Q13 Fox.

The suspect seen fleeing in the SUV was described as possibly a mixed-race man, in his late 20s to early 30s, between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-10, thin build, and short, dark hair. There is no further description of the SUV.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Auburn Police Department tip line at 253-288-7403.

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