Missing Allentown Teen Found in Mexico

Aaron Brown
March 19, 2018

Authorities found Amy Yu and Kevin Esterly in Playa del Carmen, a resort town in the Mexican state of Quintana, said the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, reported The Morning Call.

A 16-year-old who disappeared with a 45-year-old "family friend" has been found in Mexico and the man has been arrested, police said. "She wants Amy home with her mom, that is what she has always wanted".

Mexican officials issued an Amber Alert for Yu and Esterly on March 15 when it became clear the two had left the United States together. The girl, the alert said "could possibly be endangered".

Esterly was expected to be extradited back to Pennsylvania. Esterly, a married man with four children who is charged with felony interfering with custody, remains in custody in Miami, Struss said, noting extradition is pending. The disappearing acts got so bad that, at one point, Esterly was prohibited from being on the grounds of Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School.

Esterly denied the affair, the Morning Call reported. But Mauser said she couldn't elaborate, citing privacy concerns. Authorities said he withdrew $4,000 from his wife's bank account and signed the youth out of the school, claiming to be her stepfather.

Back on March 5th, Amy was supposed to go to school but never went. Yu may have added Esterly to her school emergency contact so he could check her out of school.

"For two weeks, I've had trouble sleeping and eating", Lu told police when Yu was found. "This has been an ordeal for this family", Waldron said.

Esterly was subsequently warned to stay away from the teen.

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Both were smiling as they were taken into custody - Kevin in handcuffs, Amy in a vehicle. They have even had Esterly over for dinner. CNN's attempts to reach his wife, Stacy Esterly, have been unsuccessful.

The two were reported missing on March 5, when Esterly is believed to have signed her out of school in Allentown by poising as her stepfather.

Police said later that day, she and Esterly boarded a flight from Philly to Dallas, where a local resident spotted them and called the police.

"They know or planned to do this", John Yu said.

The age of consent in Pennsylvania is 16, according to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape.

It was during the flight that Castrovinci says he observed, through their body actions, that they weren't family. Her brother reportedly said she took off.

At home a few days later, he turned on the TV news and saw a report about a missing girl and a middle-aged man and recognized the faces on his screen.

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