AUBURN, Wash. -- The search for a man seen burning blood-covered debris and clothing brought Auburn police to a second location on Thursday evening.
Auburn police said officers were alerted about suspicious activity on the south side of Peasley Canyon Road Wednesday afternoon. Around 3 p.m. a passing homeland security officer saw smoke coming from some bushes.
He pulled over and took his fire extinguisher and was trying to put it out...he encountered an individual who was also in a SUV, a dark SUV. That person got into a car and took off, said Commander Mike Hirman, Auburn Police Department.
The officer chased the man, but he got away. The officer didn't notice the bloody items until he returned to take a closer look. Police said the items include carpeting, linoleum, hardwood floor pieces, clothing and a towel - items that had a significant amount of fresh blood.
It looks like it's just covered with blood. So that leads us, of course, to believe that something happened, whether it was a homicide or a serious assault, said Hirman.
Officers said the carpeting and hardwood flooring had been set on fire.The Washington State Patrol crime lab was doing further testing to confirm the blood was human.
Police believe there could be two more crime scenes where an assault or murder may have happened, or where a body may have been dumped or hidden.
Auburn police were asking anyone in the Peasley Canyon Road area around 3 p.m. Wednesday who saw happened to see anything to contact them.
By Thursday, detectives say as many as 60 tips had come in. One of them led police to a piece of property off South 277th Street, just outside of Auburn City Limits.
A search crew from the King County Sheriff's Office was called in to help cut through thick brush and vegetation in the area. Police say the tipster told them evidence connected to the burned and bloody clothes might be found there.
Police describe the suspect they're looking for as a mixed race man in his late 20s to early 30s, between 5'8 -5'10 tall with a thin build and short dark hair.
Detectives are hoping someone still out there has a more specific description of the man they're looking for, or the dark SUV he was seen driving. They continue to urge people to call in tips.
KING 5's Elisa Hahn and Heather Graf contributed to this report.