Family speaks out after DNA match IDs Ogden mom, daughter murdered in Idaho

Nadja (left) and Payton Medley. Photo: Canyon County

CALDWELL, Idaho, Aug. 9, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — Family members of former Ogden residents Nadja Medley, 48, and daughter Payton Medley, 14 — identified Tuesday as victims in the Caldwell, Idaho, triple murder in June — have released a statement.

In a message issued Wednesday, family members said they are praying that the truth will come out in the homicide investigation, and they want to thank people for support. The full statement:

“Nadja and Payton Medley were tragically taken from us this summer and everyone impacted by this, both family and friends, are staying close to one another, encouraging one another and supporting the local and federal authorities.

“Collectively, we are praying that the truth will be revealed and we will be able to begin the road to healing. Though we have wanted to publicly address this situation for some time, we chose to respect the direction of the investigators in this case by avoiding making any public statements.

“We have been working closely with the authorities throughout this time, and will continue to do so, but we ask that you honor our request for privacy during this difficult time as we mourn and grieve. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes, and we greatly appreciate your continued support.”

The Medleys, identified by DNA, and another victim, Ogden resident Cheryl Baker, 56, identified through dental records, were found shot once each and hidden in a shed on property recently purchased by Baker and her husband, Gerald Michael “Mike” Bullinger, 60, a former Ogden resident who is now a fugitive facing three charges of murder.

Nadja Medley’s Facebook page referred to Bullinger as her boyfriend, and had pictures of him with herself and her daughter at sporting events and socializing. The photos date back to September of 2015.

In May of this year, Medley posted that she was moving to Boise, the city to which Caldwell is a suburb. The residence purchased by Bullinger and Baker is at 216 S. Kcid Road, Caldwell, and officials have said that’s where the Medleys had been living.

Idaho officials say the recovered Ford Focus Bullinger was believed to have been driving when he disappeared, but said it could have been at the remote site for as many as three weeks before it was reported to authorities.

Bullinger formerly worked as a pilot, and reportedly has worked as an outfitter. He was last seen in Ogden.

Police say Bullinger is about 6 feet 1 inch tall, weighs about 240 pounds and has gray hair and brown eyes. Anyone with any information about his whereabouts is asked to call local law enforcement or the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office at 208-454-7510.

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