Victims identified in homicide investigation; Murder charges filed


A federal warrant has been issued for Gerald "Mike" Bullinger, after authorities positively identified the two remaining victims in last month's triple homicide investigation.

The Canyon County Coroner’s Office has positively identified the two as 48-year-old Nadja Medley and 14-year-old Payton Medley. Both are from Ogden, Utah. Nadja was supposedly engaged to Bullinger.

"Through the investigation and DNA, we have positively identified the victims as Nadja Medley and her daughter Payton Medley," said Canyon County Coroner Vicki DeGeus-Morris.

The Coroner's Office identified them through DNA evidence that was confirmed through Idaho State Police Forensic Services. The third victim, Cheryl Baker, age 56, also of Ogden, was identified on June 30th through dental records.

Each victim was killed by a single gunshot, according to the Canyon County Coroner's Office. Their bodies were found in a shed on a property near Caldwell.

According to the Canyon County Sheriffs Office the delay in ID's for Nadja and Payton was due to the decomposed state in which they were found.

"You cant imagine what a scene like that is like," said Sheriff Donahue. "And with warm weather on top of it."

The Canyon County Sheriff’s Office has submitted a felony homicide warrant for Gerald Michael Bullinger, age 60, of Caldwell. The warrant was issued due to additional evidence, and the confirmation of DNA evidence. The Canyon County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has confirmed they are filing charges against Bullinger for three counts of first degree murder.

"Mr. Bullinger is going to be charged today," said the Canyon County Chief Deputy Prosecutor. "Definitely by the end of the day with three counts, first degree murder, he also still has the pending charge for failing to report a death, so that's four separate charges."

The felony homicide warrant is in addition to the outstanding felony warrant for failure to report a death. Both are no bond, nationwide extradition warrants.

But Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue said authorities are no closer to understanding the motive or finding Bullinger.

"Only Mr. Bullinger knows why he committed this heinous crime," said Donahue. "And we do not have a location for his whereabouts. He got a several-day head start on us."

Bullinger was seen in the Ogden, Utah area about ten days before the bodies were discovered.

The car he was driving was spotted in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming, but authorities did not find him during an area search. A few days later, authorities responded to a possible sighting in Bonneville County.

Donahue said there is nothing to indicate that Bullinger may have taken his own life.

Sheriff Donahue says he will continue to cast a wide net in search of Bullinger, working with other state and federal authorities, and he hopes the news of the positive identification of the remaining victims will generate more leads.

Donahue said it's unclear if all the victims knew each other in a murder case that has been called one of the most shocking in recent County history.

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