A nationwide manhunt is underway for a 60-year-old pilot whom police say is responsible for a gruesome triple homicide in Caldwell, Idaho.
The Idaho State Journal reports that following the identification of 48-year-old Nadja Medley and her 14-year-old daughter Payton, the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office charged Gerald “Mike” Bullinger with first-degree murder for their deaths, as well as that of Cheryl Baker, 56, who was Bullinger’s wife of 10 years.
The Canyon County Coroner’s Office had to use DNA evidence to identify the Medleys after their bodies were left to rot for over a week in a shed on the property Bullinger and Baker allegedly planned to retire to. Baker’s body was next to theirs, all three dead from a single gun shot wound, and covered with a plastic sheet. Police also found several dead birds, dogs and rabbits in the shed, according to The Daily Mail.
While Bullinger’s motive remains unknown, it is believed he had been caught in a love triangle. He had met massage therapist Nadja Medley roughly two years ago after she had treated him for back pain in Ogden, Utah, where they both lived. They soon began dating and Medley’s Facebook page features numerous photos of the couple, along with her daughter Payton, enjoying a host of family activities. Her longtime friend Christine Roppel told The Idaho Statesman Bullinger said he was divorced and asked Nadja to move to Caldwell to be closer to him.
Unfortunately, Bullinger had bought the home in Caldwell for him and his wife, Cheryl Baker. According to her brother, Byron Baker, she had just retired from her 30-year career as a school teacher and was preparing to put their home in Ogden on the market for the eventual move to Idaho.
Bullinger, meanwhile, had spent the last year fixing up the property, living in a trailer, and spending weekends back home with his wife. In early June, she decided to surprise him with an unannounced visit to the home. Her dead body was found along with the Medleys' on June 19.
Authorities found Baker’s Ford Focus on July 12 in Moran, Wyoming, near the Grand Teton National Park, Idaho State Journal reports.
Since the manhunt began, sightings have been reported in Utah, Wyoming and Eastern Idaho. Bullinger is an experienced camper, so police suspect he may be hiding in the backwoods.
Police consider him armed and dangerous and are asking anyone with information to come forward.
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