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Auburn Police investigate bloody items found along Peasley Canyon Road; suspect described, sought

Auburn Police were busy processing the scene on the south side of Peasley Canyon Drive. After a lengthy shutdown for investigation, the roadway reopened Thursday afternoon. - Courtesy photo/Auburn Police
Auburn Police were busy processing the scene on the south side of Peasley Canyon Drive. After a lengthy shutdown for investigation, the roadway reopened Thursday afternoon.
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Auburn Police are investigating suspicious activity found on the south side of Peasley Canyon Drive, near West Valley Highway, just inside the Auburn city limits, and looking for the suspect responsible for it.

An off-duty federal agent driving down Peasley Canyon Road on Wednesday afternoon noticed a fire in the woods and stopped with his extinguisher. The agent spotted a man burning blood-soaked carpeting, towels and flooring along the roadside.

Police said a man and a dark SUV were seen next to the carpeting. When the man saw the agent, he jumped in the SUV and fled. The officer tried to follow the man but he got away.

The suspect seen fleeing in the SUV is described as possibly a mixed race man, in his late 20s to early 30s, between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-10, with a thin build and short dark hair.

Police suspect the bloody discovery may be evidence of a crime.

Detectives processed the scene, and the Washington State Patrol crime lab was requested for further processing this morning.

Auburn Police are tracking down leads. No further information is available at this time.

Peasley Canyon was closed from the roundabout to West Valley Highway for several hours during the investigation. It reopened Thursday afternoon.

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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