Man Accused Of Dumping Wife’s Body After Vicious Killing

According to jail records, a man from Los Gatos is set to be arraigned on Thursday on accusations of murder and dumping of his wife’s body in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

According to a news release from Los Gatos PD, John Maxey Yeager, 56, was apprehended and detained in the Santa Clara County Jail on January 11th. On December 31st, he was accused of violently assaulting his wife.

Police said they had found evidence of foul play linked to YingYing “Dawn” Yu, 40.

Authorities have connected Yu to the finding of human remains on January 13 on Summit Road in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Yeager and Yu were residents of Los Gatos, a posh San Francisco Bay Area community on the edges of Silicon Valley, situated at the foot of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Police launched their inquiry on January 8 after learning that Yu had not spoken with her employer since before New Year’s Day. Her boss attempted to reach her, but she was unresponsive. Several strategies were used by the investigators in their pursuit of Yu’s whereabouts and condition. Soon after, the police realized the information Yeager had told them was not wholly truthful. The news release states that as the investigation continued, proof of a “domestic violence episode” was uncovered.

The district attorney’s office, the sheriff’s office, the regional enforcement computer team, and the Department of Family and Children’s Services were among the Santa Clara County departments and organizations that helped the Los Gatos authorities with their investigation.

As the police investigation progressed, the squad’s principal goal was “ensuring the security of the minors within the residence,” as stated by the department.

Authorities are awaiting definitive identification of the remains from the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office. Yeager is now being held without bail in Santa Clara County.