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Missing Pennsylvania teen found safe in Mexico; 45-year-old man she ran away arrested

March 18, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Missing Pennsylvania teen found safe in Mexico; 45-year-old man she ran away arrested

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Authorities have found a missing Pennsylvania teen safe in Mexico and arrested a 45-year-old man she reportedly fled with earlier in the week.

Kevin Esterly and 16-year-old Amy Yu were discovered Friday in Playa del Carmen, according to the Allentown police.

Mexican authorities issued an Amber Alert for the duo on Thursday.

“Esterly was placed into custody by Mexican authorities. Amy is unharmed and in good health,” Allentown police revealed in a statement.

“They will be escorted to Miami Florida by Homeland Security agents and the United States Marshall Service deputies. Once in the United States, arrangements will be made to get Amy to Allentown to be reunited with her mother. Esterly will be turned over to Miami Police, and then the extradition process will begin to bring him back to Allentown.”

Esterly is facing a charge of interference with the custody of a child, according to MyFox8.

Mexican officials on Thursday declared an Amber Alert stating that authorities believe Amy Yu and Kevin Esterly are in Mexico, and the teen may be in danger.

Allentown police released this missing person poster on Wednesday morning

The two went missing on March 5th, just after police were informed that the two might have been involved in a relationship. Yu’s family previously said the two met at church a few years ago, and the girl is friends with Esterly’s daughter.

School documents indicated that Esterly signed Yu out of school ten times between November 13th and February 9th. Authorities added that the teen had changed school records to list him as her stepfather.

Her mother, Mui Luu, said she feels betrayed. Esterly and Yu had become close she often went on his family’s vacations, and Esterly had gone to Luu’s house for dinner.

Luu added that she found texts suggesting Esterly and her daughter were engaged in a romantic relationship.

“I want to tell her: ‘Can you come back to me? I love you. I hope you come back’,” she said to CBS News.

When Yu’s mother went to pick her daughter up from school on February 9th, the school informed that her stepfather had already taken her out.

Esterly was then warned to keep away from the teen.

Yu and Esterly were involved in a “secretive relationship” which was apparent in texts between them which her mother found on her phone.

It is not apparent if she discovered them before or after they vanished.

On March 5th, the pair reportedly left Allentown in a Honda with Pennsylvania plates.

Amy was last seen by her brother who said she left after she was dropped off with him by their mother at the bus stop.

Before leaving, Esterly took out $4,000 from his bank accounts, his wife Stacey told officials.

Luu realized after her daughter vanished that she had stolen some of jewelry, passport, and cash.

Officials have charged Esterly with the interference of custody of children. Yu’s school has also prohibited him from being on school grounds last month.

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