Person of interest in Idaho triple homicide last seen in Ogden area

Posted at 3:41 PM, Jun 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-22 12:05:13-04

OGDEN, Utah -- A person of interest in a triple homicide in Idaho may be in Utah, and police executed a search warrant in the Ogden area Monday in connection with the case.

Lt. Tim Scott of the Ogden Police Department said they were contacted by authorities in Canyon County, Idaho who are looking for Gerald Michael Bullinger, who goes by Mike.

Gerald Michael Bullinger

Bullinger is a person of interest in a triple homicide, and there is a warrant out for his arrest for failing to report a body. Three women were found shot dead in a shed on a property that Bullinger owns in Caldwell, Idaho.

Bullinger and his wife have lived in Ogden for decades, and Bullinger recently bought the home in Caldwell.

The three women have not yet been identified and are believed to have died about 1 or 2 weeks before they were found Monday, according to police in Idaho. Authorities say the deceased, "appear to be in age consistent with females who were supposed to be living at the location. The age ranges would be from teen age to mid 50's"

Cheryl Baker, Bullinger's wife, worked as a teacher at a charter school in Harrisville. Administrators at that school sent an email to parents this week saying, "We are saddened and concerned to learn about the tragic news regarding Mrs. Baker... We hold out for the best possible outcome."

The bodies were discovered by officers performing a welfare check at the request of family members. Authorities also located several dead dogs and other animals on the property.

Sandy Hernandez says her family has lived next door to Bullinger and his wife for 17 years.

"They were really good people," she said. "We've known them for a long time."

Hernandez says she hasn't seen the couple recently, which was out of character for the pair.

"I didn't see them for a couple days, and it was weird because they're always outside with their dogs," she said.

Monday,  police executed a search warrant at a residence in Ogden. No further details about the warrant service are available due to the active nature of the investigation, but police confirm Bullinger has not yet been found.

"That search warrant is sealed at this time," Scott said.

Police say Bullinger should be considered armed and dangerous, and anyone who sees him is asked to call 911 immediately. The man may be driving a white, 2007 Ford Focus with Utah license plate 129 UMP. Authorities say the man was last seen in Ogden about 10 days ago.

Bullinger stands 6-feet, 1-inch tall and weighs 240 pounds. He has gray hair and brown eyes.