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Search and Investigation Activities Continue in Bridger-Teton National Forest

Released : July 19, 2017
Search and Investigation Activities Continue in Bridger-Teton National Forest



Contact: Billy Kirk, Teton County Public Information Specialist

Phone: 307.264.9102

Email: wkirk@tetonwyo.org


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July 19, 2017, Jackson, WY – Multiple agencies continued the search today in the Bridger-Teton National Forest for Gerald “Mike” Bullinger, a suspect in a triple homicide that occurred in Caldwell, Idaho, in June.

The Teton County Sheriff’s Office continues to lead the effort in partnership with multiple agencies including the National Park Service, Bridger-Teton National Forest, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Teton County Emergency Management, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the U.S. Marshals Service.

The search began on Sunday, July, 16, and continues today. Cadaver and live-search dogs are still being deployed in the field, and aerial resources have been and continue to be utilized.

The investigative portion of the effort continues with cooperation between multiple agencies, led by the Teton County Sheriff’s Office.

The Teton County Sheriff’s Office is maintaining a regular presence in residential neighborhoods near the Pacific Creek Campground and Trailhead, where an abandoned vehicle registered to one of the victims was discovered. Additionally, search teams continue to work to check and clear any structures in the wilderness within the search area.

“The investigation and search are on-going, and the safety of the public and our personnel remains the highest priority,” said Lieutenant Matt Carr of the Teton County Sheriff’s office.

Pilgrim Creek Road remains closed in Grand Teton National Park. Pacific Creek Campground, as well as Pacific Creek Road remain closed in Bridger-Teton National Forest (BTNF). Additional details on closures in BTNF are included at the end of this document.


All visitors and local residents are reminded to maintain situational awareness and always be alert to your surroundings.  Be deliberate with your security and protection activities.   If you see something, say something - contact the Teton County Sheriff's Office by calling or texting 911, or calling 307.733.2331.

Closure Information:


Bridger-Teton National Forest:

Pacific Creek campground is closed. The Lava Creek, Box Creek and Clear Creek Trails, as well as all the area around Enos Lake in the Teton Wilderness Area are closed for the duration of this search. The road closure on the Pacific Creek Road begins at the forest boundary.

Visitors wishing to access the Teton Wilderness Area can still travel to Hawk's Rest, and utilize the North and South Forks of the Buffalo River, as well as the Turpin Meadow Trailhead. Additionally, the Sheffield Creek to Arizona Creek loop remains open. Visitors are encouraged to contact the Blackrock Ranger Station at 307-543-3900 for specific access point information as the situation could change depending on the search.

Grand Teton National Park:


Pilgrim Creek Road is temporarily closed to facilitate law enforcement operations in the area.



BE ON THE LOOKOUT: Gerald Michael Bullinger

MEDIA RELEASE: Sheriff's Office Requests Information (7.18.17)

MEDIA RELEASE: Search Continues and Area Closures (7.17.17)

MEDIA RELEASE: Search Underway (7.17.17)


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