CALDWELL, Idaho – The only suspect in the murder of two women and a 14-year-old girl last year in Idaho will probably never be brought to justice because he probably is dead, a sheriff said.
Mike Bullinger, 60, probably killed, died from exposure to the elements or killed by an animal attack in a remote area of Wyoming, Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue said.
“I think that the case is resolved,” Donahue told KBOI-TV. “One hundred percent resolved, with the forensic evidence that we have, and the facts of the case, we have solved the crime.”
However, the case remains open and Bullinger’s death could only be demonstrated if his remains are found and identified via DNA.
The body of the 56-year-old Cheryl Baker, who is Bullinger’s wife, 48-year-old Nadja Medley and her 14-year-old daughter Peyton was found a year ago in a barn in Caldwell. They had been shot.
A Ford Focus, which authorities said was linked to Bullinger was later found at a remote campsite in Wyoming in the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
Bullinger has learned survival training, but Donahue said he doubts Bullinger could survive the winter in the remote area.
The authorities have not released autopsy results or made public what they found in Bullinger cars, or they find a weapon.
Information from: KBOI-TV, http://www.kboi2.com