Former Stillwater County man wanted in grisly triple homicide presumed dead, but still wanted

Marlo Pronovost
Thursday, August 9, 2018

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 Mike Bullinger

A former Stillwater County man believed to be responsible for the homicides of three women in Idaho last summer is now presumed dead.

However, the search for his body continues and as of early this week, appeared to have been picking up speed.

Mike Bullinger a pilot and a former Pine Crest Subdivision man, is believed to have murdered his wife, reported girlfriend and girlfriend’s teenage daughter last summer.

The women’s bodies were discovered in a shed on Bullinger’s property in Caldwell, Idaho, early last summer.

Each had been shot once and authorities believed they had been dead for at least two weeks at the time they were discovered.

Bullinger’s wife, 56-year-old Cheryl Baker, had been reported missing about a month prior by a family member. Bullinger had moved to the couple’s new property in Idaho from Utah, ahead of her, taking a job as a corporate pilot.

Nadia Medley, 47, was reportedly Bullinger’s girlfriend. Her daughter, Payton, was just 14. A co-worker of Medley’s told investigators that Medley and Bullinger had been dating for at least 18 months and that said she hadn’t heard from Medley since May, according to the Idaho Statesman.

Bullinger’s abandoned vehicle was found in July 2017 at the Pacific Creek Campground in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. A search of the area at that time turned up nothing, but authorities launched another search early this week.

According to an article in the Jackson Hole News & Guide, a family hiking in that area may have had an encounter with Bullinger. The family reported seeing a man with no backpack, water, bear spray or supplies who looked dishelved and “out of place” and put his head down as he walked past them.

Authorities have not ruled out the possibility that Bullinger could still be on the run, but believe he is dead and somewhere near that campground, according to the Jackson Hole News & Guide. The U.S. Marshals Service is assisting with the search.

Last month, Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue in Caldwell, Idaho, announced that investigators believe Bullinger is dead.

“Solving the triple homicide case involving Mike Bullinger remains one of the top priorities of the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office,” said Donahue in a press release.

“As we approach the year anniversary of this heinous crime, my detectives and I continue to work diligently on every possible lead in hopes of locating Mr. Bullinger.

It is our unequivocal belief that Mr. Bullinger is the person responsible for the senseless killing of three innocent women, one of whom was just a teenager. It is my personal opinion that Mr. Bullinger is somewhere in the Bridger Teton National Forest in the area near where his vehicle was last seen. I believe he is dead, either from taking his own life or dying from exposure to the elements. That said, we will not stop our investigation until we can locate him or positively identify his remains. We owe that to the families of the victims and the family of Mr. Bullinger so they can finally have some sense of closure in this case.”