Auburn police continue to search field, follow tips

Reporter staff

Auburn's bloody mystery continues.

Auburn Police detectives and 15 members of the King County Search and Rescue Team cleared brush and searched a field near the intersection of South 277th Street and 55th Avenue South on Saturday.

The search is based off credible tips from citizens regarding suspicious activity that may be related to the bloody items found on Peasley Canyon Road last Wednesday.

The Washington State Patrol crime lab determined that the blood found on items at the scene is human, according to the Auburn Police.

An off-duty federal agent driving on Peasley Canyon Road on Wednesday afternoon spotted a fire in the woods and had stopped and gotten out of his car to put it out with his extinguisher when he saw a man next to a dark SUV, burning what turned out to be blood-soaked carpeting, towels and flooring along the roadside.

When the man saw the agent, according to police, he jumped in the SUV and fled westbound.

Investigators continued to receive tips from citizens and track down viable leads. Tips have led them to several locations throughout the city and unincorporated King County.

"The only scene where evidence of a crime was found is the original Peasley Canyon scene where the bloody flooring was found," said Auburn Police Cmdr. Mike Hirman. "We are working diligently to find other evidence and a possible victim. These efforts have led us to other locations, based on the tips coming in."

Auburn police are asking anyone who saw the dark SUV or who knows anything about the bizarre find to call them at 253-931-3080.

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