On Monday, law enforcement officials say they’ve located a vehicle wanted in connection to a triple homicide case out of Caldwell. A group of hikers found the car that’s connected to the suspect, Gerald Michael Bullinger, in a remote campground northwest of Moran, Wyoming in the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
Law enforcement located an abandon 2007 Ford Focus registered to one of the victims in a remote campground near the border of Grand Teton National Park in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Authorities believe the car has been in the area since mid-July.
Lt. Matt Carr/Teton County Sheriff’s Office, “It is a remote trailhead up the Pacific Creek Drainage that does not see a whole lot of activity. It wouldn’t be unusual for somebody to leave a car at a trailhead, given they are going into this backcountry area, they are going to spend a lot of time back there because it’s very remote.”
Police found the car on July 12th and since that time, they have been piecing together information and gathering clues to put together a profile of Bullinger to see if he’s capable of surviving out in the wilderness.
Lt. Matt Carr/Teton County Sheriff’s Office, “Trying to figure out if he’s a survivalist or is he someone who is more likely to commit suicide, so we are trying to paint that picture to gather leads and head into an area.”
The Teton County Sheriff’s Office is being assisted by multiple agencies in this investigation and have closed off portions of the forest. The area they are searching is considered to be one of the most remote in the country and searching for a fugitive isn’t something these agencies are used to.
Lt. Matt Carr/Teton County Sheriff’s Office, “We use much of the same search techniques and methods that we do with search and rescue, but obviously our tactical approach and safety parameters are different.”