There was a romantic and tragic twist to the apprehension of Randy Michael “Mad” Yager, a federal fugitive from Gary, Indiana who at one time was the regional boss of the American Outlaws Association in the upper Midwest.
The United States Marshalls Service confirmed this morning that Margie Jelovcic, Yager’s common law wife and his companion during his seventeen-year-long run died last Friday night shortly after he was captured. According to Marshalls’ spokeswoman Nikki Cedric-Barrett, Jelovic fled in a car when Mexican police arrested Yager in Rosarito, in northern Baja California near the U.S. border. She led police on a high speed chase, crashed, rolled the car and died. “When he was taken into custody, at the time we found out he was under arrest, we learned he was with a woman,. We just didn’t know who she was,” Cedric-Barrett said.
Jelovcic’s life resonated with irony and tragedy. She was a newlywed and a violinist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra when her husband of six months died in a car crash. She quit music and moved back home to Crown Point, Indiana to manage her mother’s bar, a place called Milan’s 51st Tap on a street called Broadway in Gary. That’s where she met Yager in March 1997 and fell in love.
Three months later Yager took her to Las Vegas where he learned he had been indicted for racketeering in a case titled United States of America v. Kevin P. “Spike” O’Neill, et al. Yager immediately disappeared. Of the 17 men who were indicted, Yager was the only one to avoid prison.
Jelovcic returned home at the beginning of July 1997, stayed for two months, liquidated all of Yager’s assets – but not her own – then disappeared again. She was officially listed as a missing person. The mystery of her disappearance became fodder for reality television programs like Unsolved Mysteries. In some tellings of her story she had either been murdered by Yager or sold into sex slavery. In 2010, Marshalls finally collected her fingerprints from an accordion her sister Nadine had kept. In 2012 a Marshall said, “We don’t know if she’s helping Yager out and assisting him in any way. At this time, she’s not charged with anything, but we’re not ruling out anything.”
Last week the Marshalls Service announced it had located Yager in Rosarito and alerted Mexican police but did not elaborate on how the Service found Yager.
Jelovcic’s body was identified by her sister over the weekend.