Yager, 39, is accused of killing his estranged wife, Melinda Yager, 34, on Jan. 7. The couple had a history of domestic violence calls and were going through a bitter divorce and custody battle over their 15-month-old daughter, and had been in court earlier that same day.
Melinda Yager was found by a friend who tracked a trail of blood in the snow to her body near railroad tracks close to her house in the 400 block of Delta Avenue in Paonia.
Nathan Yager turned himself that same day, at 3:15 p.m., at the Montrose police station the same afternoon of the murder. He current faces charges of domestic violence and first-degree murder and is being represented by attorney Steve Schweissing.
Just when Melinda Yager was killed is unclear, but court records show Nathan Yager spoke with his mother in South Dakota on the day of the murder, and told her he had killed his wife. His mother called a local friend, who notified authorities at 1:15 p.m. At 2:45 p.m., Montrose dispatch got a call from Yager’s father, stating that his son wanted to turn himself in.
According to Delta County Coroner Kevin Lucy, Melinda Yager was a victim of homicide caused by “multiple incised wounds of the anterior neck with multiple hemorrhages.” In other words, her throat was slashed, and she died very quickly from loss of blood, he said.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is investigating the case.