Canyon County

Days after suspect tied to Caldwell killings was seen in E. Idaho, search scaled back

Canyon County property owner wanted for questioning in 3 murders

Canyon County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Marv Dashiell talks in June 2017 about the discovery of three bodies in a home on KCID Road near Caldwell owned by Mike Bullinger, who has since disappeared and is wanted in the case.
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Canyon County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Marv Dashiell talks in June 2017 about the discovery of three bodies in a home on KCID Road near Caldwell owned by Mike Bullinger, who has since disappeared and is wanted in the case.

Authorities are scaling back the search for a man wanted in connection to a triple homicide in Idaho.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports it has been two weeks since 60-year-old Gerald “Mike” Bullinger was seen entering Grand Teton National Park. Aggressive search efforts since then have turned up nothing.

A couple of people who work in the popular recreation area near Swan Valley in East Idaho reported seeing someone who looked like Bullinger the morning of July 20, the Statesman reported.

Teton County Sheriff's Lt. Matt Carr says the investigation continues but search efforts are going to be scaled back unless new leads arise.

Bullinger is tied to the killing of three women whose remains were found in a shed on his property in Caldwell. He has not been charged in the murders, but is officially wanted for failure to report a death.

Police say a car registered to Bullinger’s wife, one of the victims, was found at a campground in Teton County. He was seen in the car entering the national park in mid-June.

Two other bodies found at the Caldwell home remain unidentified, though 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.

“We appreciate the tremendous work and resources that Teton County authorities used in their effort to locate Mr. Bullinger after the vehicle was located in their jurisdiction,” the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

“They continually kept us updated with information regarding their search efforts, and we’ll continue to work closely with them on any new developments moving forward. Meantime, we are working with various other agencies both locally and out of state to apprehend Bullinger, who remains a wanted fugitive on a felony warrant for failure to report a death.”

Statesman staff contributed.

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