Triple murder suspect on-the-lam likely camped in Jackson Hole
JACKSON HOLE, WYO – A person of interest in a triple homicide in Idaho has been on the run for a month now and authorities believe he may be here hiding in the Jackson Hole area.
Gerald Michael Bullinger, 60, who goes by “Mike,” is a retired airline pilot reportedly caught in a love triangle after the decomposing bodies of his wife, his mistress and her daughter were found covered in plastic and stuffed in a shed on his ranch property in Caldwell, Idaho. All three were reportedly shot execution style, with a single bullet. Authorities in Canyon County believe the three women, discovered reported missing on June 8 and discovered June 19, had been dead about two weeks.
At present, Bullinger is wanted for failing to report the deaths of his wife, Cheryl Baker, 56, his girlfriend Nadja Medley, 47, and her 14-year-old daughter Payton. He is also a person of interest in the murders. Reports say Medley, who was planning on moving in with Bullinger to a home in Boise, had no idea the man she was dating was married.
Bullinger, meanwhile, has not been seen since June 12 near Ogden, Utah.
Teton County authorities today issued a BOLO (Be On the Lookout) bulletin for Bullinger after a vehicle belonging to one of the deceased was found parked in a remote campground in Pacific Creek on the Bridger-Teton NF bordering Grand Teton NP. The vehicle was discovered only last Wednesday but may have been abandoned for weeks, according to investigators. Buckrail believes the vehicle to be a 2007 Ford Focus (white) with Utah tags reading “129 UMP.”
Teton County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the NPS rangers, USFS rangers, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, and Teton County Emergency Management are conducting the investigation. Agencies are patrolling the area with cadaver dogs.
Bridger-Teton National Forest has issued a temporary area closure to facilitate law enforcement operations and for public safety. Effective immediately, Pacific Creek campground is closed. The Lava Creek, Box Creek and Clear creek Trails and all of the area around Enos Lake in the Teton Wilderness Area are closed for the duration of this search. The road closure on the Pacific Creek Road begins at the Forest boundary.
Authorities warn the suspect is believed to be armed and should be considered dangerous. Do not attempt to apprehend. Call investigators if you believe you have seen Bullinger.
Bullinger is 6’1”, 240 pounds, with grey hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a ball cap.