Authorities have released surveillance photos of a Caldwell man wanted in connection with murders of two women and a girl at his rural Caldwell home.
The Canyon County Sheriff's Office released photos of Gerald “Mike” Bullinger on Monday as the nationwide search for the 60-year-old continued. The photos were taken in May in local stores before the killings. Authorities believe the pictures may reflect what the fugitive looks like now more accurately than a previously released driver’s license photo does.
“We’ve received over 100 tips on the case, but CCSO is not discussing any details or specifics on the tips coming in or the case itself,” Canyon County spokesman Joe Decker said Monday. That tight-lipped approach is intended to prevent Bullinger from learning anything about what investigators know, he said.
Only one of the three female victims — Bullinger’s wife, Cheryl Baker, 56 — has been positively identified. Investigators said all three females, ranging in age from early teens to mid-50s, had been shot and placed in a shed on Bullinger’s property, apparently a week or two before Canyon County sheriff’s deputies discovered them on June 19.
Friends of massage therapist Nadja Medley, 47, and her 14-year-old daughter, Payton, have told the Statesman that they fear the two are the other victims.
While Medley’s Facebook page states she is a massage therapist, there is no record of her having a massage therapy occupational license in Idaho or Oregon.
Medley had posted on her Facebook page that she and Bullinger were moving into the Caldwell house together.
The only verified sighting of Bullinger that investigators have disclosed occurred around June 11 in Ogden, Utah, where he previously lived and still owns property. The Sheriff’s Office on June 21 named Bullinger as the “person of interest” in the triple homicide.
About that time, a friend in Utah received a text from Baker asking him to take care of her dogs, according to her brother, Byron Baker of Michigan. He told the Statesman that his sister had retired in early June from her job as a charter-school teacher and was readying the couple’s Ogden property for sale so she could move to Caldwell and join her husband.
The body of Cheryl Baker was positively identified through dental records Friday. She and Bullinger bought the property on KCID Road together in March.
Bullinger faces a felony charge of failure to report three deaths on his property. No homicide charges have been filed.
Bullinger is a pilot and motorcycle enthusiast who owned mules and used them for backcountry trips, according to Byron Baker and online records.
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