Gerald Michael “Mike” Bullinger is wanted by police as a person of interest in connection with three women found dead on his property in Idaho, Canyon County law enforcement have announced. A nationwide manhunt is underway as authorities say they have no idea where Bullinger is at this time.
This is a developing story.
Here’s what you need to know.
1. Bullinger Was Last Seen in Ogden, Utah Ten Days Ago, Driving a White 2007 Ford Focus
Deputy Chief Marv Dashiell said that Bullinger was last seen in Ogden, Utah ten days ago. He may be driving a white 2007 Ford Focus, license plate 129 UMP. Bullinger is 60 years old, 6-foot-1, and about 240 pounds. He has gray hair and brown eyes. He’s considered armed and dangerous.
Bullinger was doing contract work in Idaho and had previously worked as a pilot for Classic Aviation Services in Utah, the Idaho Statesman reported. He’s also an aircraft instructor and loved being outdoors, working as a guide for hunters. He and his wife were going to participate in a Valkyrie Riders rally in Montana on June 26.
2. Bullinger Is Considered Armed and Dangerous
Bullinger is considered armed and dangerous, authorities have said. Anyone who sees him should not approach him, but contact law enforcement. If you see him, call 911.
3. Three Women Were Found Dead of Gunshot Wounds Just Outside His Home
The three bodies were found covered in a shed just outside the house at 216 S. KCID Road in Caldwell, Idaho, Dashiell said. The women were discovered after Bullinger’s son called to request a welfare check, Idaho Statesman reported.
The three women each died of a single gunshot wound, and may have died one to two weeks ago. The victims were female, ranging in age from a teenager to mid-50s. Authorities have not officially identified the women yet, as they wait on DNA or dental recognition, ABC Columbia reported. Their descriptions matched descriptions of three women connected to the property and the women were not all related, Dashiell said. Dead animals, including dogs and birds, were also found on the property.
Bullinger owned the property, which had just been transferred to him on May 3, Idaho Press reported.
4. A Felony Nationwide Warrant Was Issued for Bullinger for Failure to Report a Death
A nationwide warrant was issued for Bullinger for failure to report deaths to law enforcement, Dashiell said. Although a nationwide warrant was issued, Dashiell told Idaho Press that the FBI had not been asked to help yet because it was still considered a local investigation. Dashiell said nothing like this has happened in the 27 years he was worked in law enforcement.
One neighbor told the Idaho Press that she heard screams near the property in the middle of the night around June 10. But when the noise stopped, she wasn’t sure if she really heard screaming and decided not to call the police. She thought a neighbor who was closer would call if it was something serious. It’s not known if what she heard was connected to the women’s deaths.
5. Bullinger’s Wife Is Missing and the Two Were Happy, Her Brother Said
Bullinger’s wife, 57-year-old Cheryl Baker, is missing, her brother Byron Baker told the Idaho Statesman. It’s been about 10 days since anyone heard from her. They were selling a home in Ogden, Utah and moving to their new home in Caldwell, Idaho. Byron said he had no idea who else might have been at the property, and rumors he’s been hearing have only brought more questions.
Byron said that one of her friends received a strange text message from Cheryl recently. The text read: “Take care of my dogs. I don’t know if I’m coming back.” He didn’t think it was serious, assuming the couple was going on a long backpacking trip like they sometimes did. He said he hasn’t heard from his sister since she sent the text, but he thought Bullinger and his sister were happily married. They have been married for about 10 years. After a rafting trip last year, he said his sister was glowing and talking about how well they got along. “They were just peas in a pod,” he said.
Cheryl retired just this year from a job as an art teacher at GreenWood Charter School in Harrisville, Utah. She had previously worked for the Utah School for the Deaf and Blind, the Statesman reported.
As authorities search for Bullinger, friends of two other women who may have been connected to Bullinger have been posting condolences online about their friends’ deaths, seeking information about them and Bullinger. Because authorities have not identified the victims and it is not officially known if these women are connected to the case or not, they are not being identified yet in this story. One woman’s Facebook profile showed many photos with a man she was dating named Mike, who looks similar to Bullinger. Authorities have said that Bullinger often went by the name “Mike.” She lived in Ogden, and she wrote on Facebook that her boyfriend had asked her and her daughter to move to Idaho to be with him once he got a more secure job. She later posted about moving to a new home in Boise in May.
This story will be updated when more information is available.