GARY | A man found dead with his throat slashed and his hands cuffed in front of him inside his burning Gary home Saturday morning has been identified as the brother of former Outlaws Motorcycle Club leader Randy Yager.
Gerald A. Yager, 68, of the 5100 block of Washington Street, was pronounced dead at 6 a.m. Saturday at his home, Lake County Coroner Merrilee Frey said in a news release.
Gerald Yager's death has been ruled a homicide. Lake County Sheriff John Buncich said Gerald Yager's throat was slashed and his hands were handcuffed in front of him.
Gary police on Saturday said firefighters were battling a blaze around 4 a.m. at Gerald Yager's home when they discovered his body inside and called police.
"All indications show it was arson," Buncich said. "Gas cans were found in the residence."
Buncich said Gerald Yager was last seen around 9:30 p.m. Friday night.
Gerald Yager is the older brother of former Outlaws Motorcycle Gang Leader Randy Yager, who was arrested in Mexico in October 2014 after 17 years on the run. He was placed on the U.S. Marshals Service most wanted list in 2004.
Randy Yager, 59, was indicted last month in Milwaukee on charges of racketeering and conspiracy stemming from his alleged participation in murders, bombings and arson aimed at rival clubs in the 1990s.
Randy Yager, formerly of Gary, was indicted in 1997 in Wisconsin with 16 others and charged with murder, arson, possession of explosives, trafficking in stolen vehicles and narcotics. He allegedly skipped town with girlfriend Margie Jelovcic in September 1997.
Jelovcic died in a high-speed crash while fleeing police during Randy Yager's apprehension in Mexico last year.
Buncich said Gerald Yager was also a member of the Outlaws.
"He was affiliated, but not as heavily as his brother," Buncich said.
A relative of Gerald Yager's told police Saturday the deceased had received notes containing death threats he believed were from his brother, who is currently incarcerated.
Buncich said investigators are looking into the report as part of the ongoing investigation, which includes federal authorities.